Robust demand continues for LCD monitors

Vendors in the Canadian computer display market experienced robust product demand and unit activity in the fourth and final quarter of 2006. According to the latest figures from Partner Research of Toronto, overall, quarterly shipments hit 784,200 units.

For the year, 2,611,800 units were shipped.

Unit volume increased by 20 per cent annually, due largely to the stellar growth in the large liquid crystal display (LCD) product segments. The LCD market accounted for 98 per cent of total shipment activity in the fourth quarter.

Demand for CRT products continued to wane in the final quarter, and they accounted for two per cent of shipments.

Acer dominated Q4, and achieved 21 per cent of unit volume. Dell was in a close second place with 20 per cent of units. Samsung finished third, with 15 per cent of unit activity.

The strongest annual growth was experienced in the 20-inch LCD and in the greater than 20-inch LCD product segments, with 1,180 per cent and 1,223 per cent respectively.

LCD vendors witnessed strong product demand and inventory levels. Shipments increased by 40 per cent annually, to finish the quarter with 770,300 units. Acer, Dell and Samsung dominated the market in overall LCD sales last year, collectively finishing with 56 per cent of unit volume.

Robust sales, including intense competition, are expected in this product segment this year, the research firm said.

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