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Shipments of premium TVs on rise amid Samsung's lead

2018/01/02 09:51

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SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- The global market for premium televisions sized 75 inches and larger is set to rise sharply in 2018, industry data showed Tuesday, with Samsung Electronics Co. also posting a steep growth.

According to the data compiled by industry tracker IHS Markit, the global sales of such televisions is anticipated to reach 1.69 million units this year, rising sharply from 1.15 million units estimated for 2017. The researcher also suggested a figure of 3.38 million units for 2020.

The global market experienced a sharp expansion of the TV industry throughout 2017, with shipments of models sized 75 inches and larger reaching an estimated 290,800 units for the third quarter, up from 172,400 units posted in the January-March period.

"While the global TV market's growth remains sluggish due to the expanding penetration of smartphones, the sales of premium TVs are still gradually increasing," an industry insider said. "Samsung Electronics' strategy to focus on products 75 inches and larger seems to be effective."

   Samsung is estimated to have sold 151,800 units of TVs 75 inches and larger in the third quarter, followed by Japan-based Sony Corp. with 79,700 units and Samsung's smaller South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc. with 34,900 units, IHS Markit data showed.

Industry data showed products sized 75 inches and over accounted for 8.1 percent of Samsung's combined TV sales in the third quarter of 2017, up from 3.2 percent posted in the first quarter.

colin@yna.co.kr

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