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The last industry numbers I saw showed that mirrorless sales also fell and did not capture market share over DSLR. I think camera sales in general are slowing because of the economy and diminishing returns of new features. It's like what's happening with the latest generation of smartphones, and what already happened to computers and TVs (not enough improvements to justify upgrading).
I think you are largely right, and the only thing the camera manufacturers can hope for are new, emerging markets, particularly in Asia. But that will only succeed if they can offer products that are good enough and cheap enough. Even a slowing economy is probably just one of many reasons. Most people have probably figured out by now that changing camera and/or phone just to get the latest model makes little sense.
When that is said, my newest camera is a Nokia Lumia 808, and it works very well as backup for any camera I use, and sometimes it's the only one I carry.