Recession didn’t stop HDTV in the US

Unlike Q3’08, which shown record shipments and sales of LCD TV units, Black Friday/Christmas quarter saw shipments of TVs falling by 7%, according to a study released by DisplaySearch, division of NPD. Sales numbers didn’t back the trend, though. Overall numbers dropped to 10.7 million shipped units, with LCD leading the way with 8.9M units, 200.000 less than 12 months ago. LCD TV shipments increased 9% when comparing Q3 to Q4, though. Retailers and etailers didn’t want to build up stock in fears of potentially catastrophic Q1’09, but this LCD drop was off-set by massive 28% increase in shipments of Plasma units. Manufacturers shipped 1.3M