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Large-sized panel shipments increase in May

TAIPEI -- Global shipments of large-sized panels rose in May, driven by better sales of the laptop and tablet computers in which they are used, a local flat screen research institute said.

May shipments totaled 69.41 million units worldwide, up 6.3 percent from the previous month, with tablet panels growing at a faster pace than other categories, WitsView said in a research note.

Tablet panel shipments rose 12.4 percent month-by-month to 18.11 million units in May, while TV panel shipments were up 1.5 percent month-by-month and 2.3 percent year-by-year to 20.81 million units, WitsView said in a research note.

"It showed that demand for TV panels did not cool down after the Labor Day rush and has stayed above 20 million units since March, said Jeffy Chen, a research manager at WitsView.

Monitor panel shipments rose 2.9 percent in May from the previous month to 13.67 million units, and laptop computer panel shipments were up 9.3 percent to 16.8 million units, the research note said.

Large-sized panel shipments in June will be on a par with those of the previous month, WitsView predicted, saying that growth in tablet panel shipments will be offset by declines in shipments of TV, monitor and laptop panels.

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