Toronto – Research in Motion (RIM) (NASD: RIMM) sold an estimated 50,000
BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on Tuesday, their first day on sale, according to
analyst firm RBC Capital Markets, Economic Times reported.
Some 11% of retail
stores reportedly said they sold all of their PlayBook inventory on launch day.
"While the launch of the Playbook is not attracting overnight crowds,
pre-order sales and in-store demand in major cities has been solid; however,
AT&T’s prohibition of free tethering is an unexpected negative." analyst
Peter Misek of Jeffries & Co. wrote in a research note.
The 50,000 sales
figure for the PlayBook contrasts with Apple’s launch day sales of around
300,000 for the iPad last year.