Sales Start Strong in 2000
The figures also show that sales of analog projection televisions grew to 92,000 units, 27% ahead of last January. The CEA says that camcorders also contributed strongly to the month's growth, with shipments reaching 297,000 units, a 31% increase over last year. Sales of large-screen TVs (those measuring 29" and higher) rose by 16% over January 1999, representing 18% of the 1.36 million sets sold so far this year. This points "to a continuing trend of consumers' building home theater environments," says the CEA.
According to the numbers, however, the strongest category was DVD Players: 370,000 units shipped in January 2000, a 195% increase over January 1999. The CEA estimates that DVD player sales will again be strong in 2000, reaching more than 6.5 million units for the year.