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Flat-screen TV sales in Japan jump 31% on year in February.

TOKYO, March 9 Kyodo

Unit sales of flat-screen television sets in Japan increased 31.3 percent in February over a year earlier, marking the biggest gain since August last year, led by brisk demand for 40-inch and other big-screen models, according to data released Monday by a market research firm.

In value, sales of flat-screen TVs rose 14.3 percent, with prices averaging 102,800 yen, up 0.1 percent from the previous month, BCN Inc. said.

Blu-ray and other DVD recorders scored a year-on-year unit sales gain of 28.0 percent.

Consumers cannot afford to buy automobiles and other high-priced products amid the deepening recession but find some home electronics affordable, BCN officials said.

Sales of both flat-screen TVs and DVD recorders increased because consumers purchased them together, they added.

BCN collected sales data from some 2,300 large discount and other retailers of home electronics.
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