Consumers around the world boosted spending on electronics last year as the pandemic sparked higher sales of computers, tablets and games consoles, a research report showed Wednesday. Strategy Analytics said consumer electronics revenues increased seven percent last year to $358.5 billion, with consumers snapping up new gadgets for work, learning and play. The report said sales of home computers and tablets rose 11 percent to 396 million units last year, while revenues increased by 17 percent to $199 billion. Games console revenues rose 18 percent to $11.9 billion, driven by the launch of new consoles as well as lockdowns. “In contrast to doom-laden predictions of economic collapse made as the pandemic took hold, consumers continued to find budget for technology which helped them through the crisis,” said David Watkins, a specialist in connected home devices for Strategy Analytics. The electronics market defied early predictions of a slump and overcame supply shortages to show solid growth, according to the research firm.