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Shipments of large flat panels declined last month

Staff writer, with CNA

Global shipments of large flat panels last month fell more than 10 percent from the previous month, a reflection of the traditional slow season effect, according to a TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) report published yesterday.

Shipments of large flat panels last month totaled 65.16 million units, down 10.4 percent from a month earlier, but up 27 percent year-on-year.

Large flat panels are used in televisions, desktop computer and notebook computer screens.

In the report, the market information advisory firm said TV brands slowed their pace of restocking in the past month, reducing their inventories as a cushion against the slow season impact, so that shipments for TV panels during the period fell 5.9 percent month-on-month to 18.64 million units.

Shipments of panels for information technology devices were also affected by the slow-season effect, following the massive restocking seen in the fourth quarter of last year, TrendForce said.

Broken down by category, shipments of monitor panels for the month fell 14.4 percent from December last year to 12.64 million units, while shipments of panels for notebooks and netbooks dropped 32.9 percent to 12.61 million units, the firm said.

However, shipments of tablet panels continued to grow last month to 21.26 million units, up about 10 percent from December, due to the wide range of applications in tablet gadgets, including personal entertainment devices, cloud technology-based services and educational use, the firm said.

While Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co were aggressively pushing their tablet products, demand for unbranded devices also appeared to be solid during the month, TrendForce said.

Shipments of panels for Apple’s iPad fell last month due to inventory adjustments, but shipments of displays for the iPad mini grew about 10 percent month-on-month, it said.

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