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LCD sales soar as cathode ray tubes slump

The shape of things to come
Mon Nov 27 2006, 08:48
THE CATHODE RAY TUBE has held supreme for over 100 years since Marie Curie discovered the "rays", but now its time is up, according to display research company Meko.

But its demise may be due to the LCD manufacturers continuing to gnaw away at margins in an ever increasingly competitive market.

Meko released figures to its customers for Q3 2006 saying LCD sales in EMEA are up by 27 per cent, year on year, with 19-inch sales up by nearly 83 per cent. That's come at the expense of 17-inch monitors. Meko thinks prices are still under pressure.

Shipments of CRT units fell by over 53 per cent in the third quarter, but 15-inch units rose. By value, CRT units fell by 58 per cent year on year.

In Q3, the LCD king was Samsung with a 15.7 per cent share, with Acer and HP taking second and third place overall in EMEA. The market leader in the UK was Dell. µ

The legacy of Marie Curie


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