According to market research firm iSuppli, the time of bargain-basement LCDs might be at an end. Pricing has been falling steadily for close to a year, with the biggest drops seen in July and August, where both months saw a year-over-year (YOY) decrease in pricing of 5%.
Sweta Dash, senior director for LCD research at iSuppli, issued the following statement:
“With buyers preparing for this year’s holiday season, the introduction of new models in early 2011 and for the Lunar New Year in February, brands and manufacturers alike are starting to buy panels again after maintaining strict inventory control for several months. This, combined with lower level of panel inventories, is causing pricing to rise after several months of decline.”
The growth was seen among LCD panels that measure greater than 10 inches diagonally, including some tablets, desktop monitors, notebook displays and HDTVs. Pricing increases were slight, among the order of 1% or so, but experts regard the news with optimism.
Especially for the US, which has been clawing its way out of a recession in recent months, the upswing comes at the tail end of happy news from the Commerce Department, which recently estimated that Q3 US GDP grew by 2.5%. This is on top of reports that Black Friday spending was up by 9% over the same shopping event in 2009.