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Flat-panel TV shipments climbed in Q2

By Jason Tan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Flat-panel TV shipments continued to gain ground in the second quarter as consumers were more willing to forgo their traditional TVs as prices fell, market researcher DisplaySearch report said in the report released yesterday.

Flat-panel TVs -- liquid-crystal-display (LCD) and plasma-display-panel TVs -- accounted for 43 percent of all TV shipments globally in the quarter ending June 30, up from 37 percent in the first three months, DisplaySearch said.

In Japan, Western Europe and North America, the shipment momentum of slim TVs grew stronger by taking more than 75 percent of the market, it said.

Shipments of LCD TVs rose 70 percent year-on-year in the second quarter to a record 16.1 million units, the Texas-based researcher said, accounting for 37.5 percent of the world's overall TV market.

Average selling prices were down by a record 25 percent from the year earlier to US$896 as panel size gains failed to offset price reductions, the report said.

Samsung topped the LCD TV best-seller list with 18.6 percent by revenues and Sony took the No. 2 spot with 13.2 percent. Sharp was third at 11.1 percent, Phillips fourth at 10.1 percent and LG Electronics was fifth at 8.4 percent, DisplaySearch data showed.

Plasma TVs did not fare as well as LCD TVs in the second quarter, reporting only a 1 percent shipment growth to 2.2 million units for a 5.2 percent market share.

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