While consumer confidence in technology spending is on the rise in the past few weeks, it's down year-over-year since last June. That's according to Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Electronics Association, or CEA.

DuBravac presented his findings at the recent CEA Research Summit at CE Week in New York City. If you're wondering about the greatest growth in consumer electronics, look no further than the tablets and smartphones produced by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), along with its many Android competitors. Tablets sales are expected to continue to surge, making up about 80% of all computer sales by 2016.

Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore spoke with DuBravac at CE Week, and has more on the state of the consumer electronics sector in the video below.