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Flat screen market expects to gain from China subsidy

Staff writer, with CNA

Flat screen prices quoted for the first half of this month have continued to fall from the second half of last month on the lingering slow-season effect seen in the first quarter of the year, DisplaySearch said in a report yesterday.

The report said the prices of all three major categories of large-sized displays –– TV screens, panels for desktop computers and for notebooks –– fell in the first half of this month.

DisplaySearch said that because of the slow-season effect, the sector has suffered a supply glut, with pressure for inventory adjustments mounting. In addition, the reduced number of working days due to the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday will reduce flat-panel demand until next month.

However, DisplaySearch added that the market still holds high hopes that the Chinese government will continue to provide subsidies for TV purchases, a move that is expected to boost flat-panel demand.

In the first half of this month, 32-inch TV panel prices fell US$1 to between US$103 and US$126, while 39-inch LED TV screen prices dropped US$2 to US$220.

Prices of 40-42 inch TV panels and 40-42 inch LED screens fell US$2 to US$222 and US$282 respectively, while 46-inch LED displays fell US$2 to US$354.

For screens for desktop computers, prices of 17-inch, 18.5-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch models fell US$0.50 to range between US$53 and US$61.50, while 21.5-inch panel and 21.5-inch LED displays fell US$0.50 to US$71.50 and US$76.50 respectively.

Prices of 13.3-inch and 17.3-inch LED panels for notebooks fell US$0.30 to range between US$38.70 and US$58.50.

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