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Consumer electronics shipments in Japan fall 13.7% in April.

TOKYO, May 25 Kyodo

Shipments of consumer electronics products in Japan in April fell 13.7 percent from a year earlier to 200.3 billion yen, declining for the seventh consecutive month, due largely to sluggish demand for car navigation systems and other audiovisual equipment for automobiles, an industry body said Monday.

But the pace of decline slowed from a drop of 14.8 percent in March, partly because of relatively robust demand for flat-panel televisions and DVD players, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said.

The association is expecting some improvement in shipments from May onwards, saying that demand for eco-friendly televisions is likely to increase further thanks to the government's just-launched ''eco-point'' system.

The government program provides incentives to buyers of eco-friendly electronic appliances, including television sets designed for terrestrial digital broadcasting.

By product, shipments of audiovisual equipment for automobiles tumbled 27.1 percent to 44.7 billion yen, down for the seventh straight month.

Shipments of visual equipment such as televisions fell 6.6 percent to 140.8 billion yen and those of audio devices dropped 24.4 percent to 14.8 billion yen.

In terms of volume, flat-screen television shipments rose 22.4 percent, while electronic toll collection devices jumped 89.3 percent as Japan cut tolls on weekends and national holidays for cars equipped with the ETC system as a temporary measure under the government's economic stimulus package.

Shipments of other auto-related equipment, however, were sluggish, with car navigation systems falling 2.7 percent and CD players used in cars decreasing 52.6 percent, the association said.
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