DisplaySearch: Plasma shipments reach record high in Q3 ’06

DisplaySearch has released Q3 2006 worldwide plasma TV shipment numbers and revenues by brand, region, size and resolution for 33 different plasma TV brands as part of its “Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.”

Global plasma TV shipments reached a new record high in Q3 ’06, rising 4 percent Q/Q and 45 percent Y/Y to 2.3 million units, one percent higher than the previous high recorded in Q4 ’05. There were significant regional growth differences, however, with plasma TVs only growing in North America sequentially, up an unusually high 38 percent.

Shipments were down between 4 and 20 percent in other regions because of loss of share to increasingly competitive 37in to 46in LCD TVs and inventory concerns in Europe after slower than expected sell-through from the World Cup. In fact, LCDs overtook plasma TVs for the first time in the 37in and larger category worldwide, leading in Japan, Europe and China. In addition, the LCD TV share rose from 34 to 41 percent in the 40in-plus flat-panel TV size category, with LCDs already ahead in China and accounting for a 50 percent share in Japan.

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