Tech titan still king of flat-screens despite slide

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Tech titan still king of flat-screens despite slide

Samsung Electronics maintained its dominant position in the global flat-panel TV market in the second quarter of this year, but its share stayed below the 20 percent level, an international market researcher said yesterday.

According to market information provider iSupply, Samsung, the world’s largest maker of TVs, accounted for 19.2 percent of all flat-panel TVs sold throughout the world in the April-June period. Compared with three months earlier, the Korean tech giant’s market share was down 0.1 percentage point. Its fourth-quarter market share stood at 22 percent.

Flat-panel TVs cover liquid crystal display (LCD), plasma display panel (PDP), and 3-D units, as well as smart TVs that merge conventional sets with set-top boxes and the Internet.

Samsung maintained its top status on the back of aggressive marketing and efficient production, iSupply said.
LG Electronics, Korea’s No.2 home appliance maker, ranked second with a market share of 13.2 percent in the second quarter, up 0.2 percentage point from the fourth quarter of last year, according to iSupply.

Sony, TCL of China and Toshiba trailed with a 7.9 percent, a 6.5 percent, and 5.8 percent share, respectively.

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