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CRT monitors show dramatic sales slump

Goodbye, Ray Cathode
Tue Apr 01 2003, 17:38
THE CATHODE RAY tube has been around for over a 100 years but an extensive report from market research company iSuppli thinks that monitors using the technology is close to the end of the road.

The company has just completed a large survey into the US monitor market, and the results indicate firmly that as TFT-LCD monitors continue to drop in price, so CRT screens are dropping out of the picture.

According to the report, total shipments of monitors for the fourth quarter last year grew to 5.97 million units, up by a measly 1.4 per cent from the third quarter.

But year on year, there was a slump of 23 per cent in shipments, with the total number of CRT monitors shipping in 2002 falling to 24,254,054 - compared to around 33 million in the previous year.

In value, the CRT market was down by 12.2% in the fourth calendar quarter of 2002, worth $1 billion.

As far as vendors went, Dell continued to be the leader, selling 1.4 million units in Q4, HP sold 1.1 million, and Viewsonic cheeped in at 395,807 units. Envision and Samsung were in fourth or fifth place.

Seventeen inch CRT monitors ruled the roost, and accounted for over 75% of shipments in Q4, while 19-inch models fell to 13 per cent.

And, as you might expect, street prices fell on all CRT monitors during the period.



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