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U.S. ELECTRONICS FACTORY SALES TOTAL $67 BILLION, UP 5.6 PERCENT IN FIRST QUARTER OF 1992

U.S. ELECTRONICS FACTORY SALES TOTAL $67 BILLION, UP 5.6 PERCENT
 IN FIRST QUARTER OF 1992
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. factory sales of electronic equipment, components and related products totaled $67.1 billion for the first quarter of 1992, resulting in a 5.6 percent increase over last year's first quarter sales of $63.5 billion, according to preliminary data released today by the Electronic Industries Association (EIA).
 In announcing the first quarter factory shipments, EIA President Peter F. McCloskey stated: "These preliminary statistics are encouraging and reflect a strengthening of this important manufacturing sector. This provides a good basis for what we hope will be a strong 1992."
 The following breakdown examines each sectors' performance.
 The components sector sales were up 5.5 percent from $13.5 billion in 1991 to $14.3 billion year-to-date (YTD).
 The telecommunications manufacturers hit $8.9 billion in 1992 or an 8.2 percent improvement over the $8.2 billion produced YTD in 1991.
 Computers and peripherals showed a healthy improvement, hitting $13.2 billion for the first quarter, or a 9 percent growth rate over last year's $12.1 billion.
 Electromedical equipment improved 4.4 percent, going from $1.8 billion in 1991 to almost $1.9 billion thus far in 1992.
 The U.S. consumer electronics sector produced $2.3 billion worth of goods or 16.7 percent over the $2 billion produced in the United States in 1991.
 Other related products and services hit $13.2 billion in the first quarter of 1992, or 6.5 percent over the $12.4 billion produced in 1991.
 The industrial electronic sector improved only slightly, representing only a 0.2 percent rise from $5.89 billion in 1991, to $5.9 billion YTD.
 Only one important sector declined during the first three months of 1992, the other communications area(A) which declined 2.3 percent from $7.5 billion in 1991 to $7.3 billion in the first quarter of 1992.
 For more than 68 years the Electronic Industries Association has been the national trade organization representing U.S. electronics manufacturers. Committed to the competitiveness of the American producer, EIA represents the entire spectrum of companies involved in the manufacture of electronic components, parts, systems and equipment for communications, industrial, government and consumer-end uses.
 PRELIMINARY FIRST QUARTER 1992
 U.S. FACTORY SALES OF ELECTRONICS
 Not Seasonally Adjusted
 (millions of dollars)
 1992 1991 Percent Change
 Components 14,290 13,546 5.5
 Consumer Electronics 2,335 2,000 16.7
 Telecommunications 8,909 8,236 8.2
 Other Communications(A) 7,325 7,494 -2.3
 Computers & Peripherals 13,233 12,140 9.0
 Industrial Electronics 5,898 5,887 0.2
 Electromedical Equipment 1,916 1,836 4.4
 Other Related 13,182 12,375 6.5
 Total 67,088 63,513 5.6
 (A) Includes defense communications and other specialized communications devices.
 -0- 4/9/92/0600
 /CONTACT: Mark V. Rosenker, vice president-public affairs, Electronic Industries Association, 202-457-4980/ CO: Electronic Industries Association ST: District of Columbia IN: CPR SU:


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