Recent numbers from DisplaySearch, a division of NPD group, show that the worldwide market for LCD desktop monitor dropped in Q1 06, owing mostly to a slowdown after the holiday season, falling 8.1 percent Q/Q to 28.9M units.
However the category is still a leader over CRT, with LCD monitors reaching 74.7 percent for all desktop monitors in Q1’06. Even so, the group reported that LCD monitor inventories continued to build and this caused manufacturers to call for a slow-down in production. The report also indicated that the demand for large screen sizes is growing. Widescreen models saw a 60.9 percent increase Q/Q in Q1 and now account for 4.5 percent of the overall market (it was just one percent a year ago).
Leading the pack was Dell, with a 19 percent share, thought it is loosing some ground to Samsung, who places number two with a unit volume share from of 12.4 percent, and was the only vendor to show growth from last year. In North America, specifically Dell has the number one position (though its share dropped to 35.9 percent in Q1’06) and Gateway dropped out of the top five, only to let ViewSonic back in.