Domestic shipments of electronic equipment down 5.2% in May.
Domestic shipments of consumer electronic equipment dropped 5.2% in May from a year earlier to 147.3 billion yen, down for the first time in 11 months, an industry body said Monday.
Shipments of visual equipment decreased 8.7% to 82.3 billion yen, down for the first time in 14 months, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) said.
Shipments of audio equipment fell 17.2% to 17.3 billion yen, extending the decline that began in March 2000, while shipments of car-related equipment rose 7.5% to 47.8 billion yen, up for the ninth straight month.
JEITA attributed the drop in visual equipment shipments as a reaction to a surge a year earlier due to increased demand in line with the World Cup soccer finals held May 31-June 30.
The first year-on-year decline in shipments of plasma-display panels (PDPs) since such statistics were taken in 2001 also contributed to the drop in shipments of visual equipment, JEITA said. Shipments of PDPs dropped 1.5% to 14,000 units.
Audio equipment shipments continued to decline on a lack of products to pull the market, with demand for minidisk-related equipment settling down and sales of CD players remaining sluggish, according to JEITA.
Demand for car navigation systems remained firm, with 234,000 units shipped, up 25.4%, it said.