Worldwide shipments of plasma display panels fell along with the global economy, as they dropped 12 percent year over year in the fourth quarter. That's according to numbers released Monday by research firm display search.
According to DisplaySearch's Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, Plasma and LCD TV Panel Shipment Module, shipments of the panels dropped 12 percent to 3.8 million in the final quarter of 2008. Meanwhile, 1080p panels grew in share, representing 25 percent of those sold.
Meanwhile, Panasonic widened its market share lead to just under 50 percent, followed by Samsung and LG; Panasonic was the only brand whose sales grew in the quarter.