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LCD monitors are squeezing their fatter CRT rivals out of the market, according to analyst firm IDC. LCD sales will pass CRT for the first time this year, it claims.

LCD monitors are squeezing their fatter CRT rivals out of the market, according to analyst firm IDC. LCD sales will pass CRT for the first time this year, it claims.

Liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors can be more appealing to users because of their smaller footprint, taking up less space on the desktop than traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors. However, their comparatively higher cost means many users have still opted for CRT.

This year though, IDC expects LCD shipments to surpass CRT, and by 2007 they will be four times as much, with an estimated 119 million LCD units shipping compared to around 30 million for CRT.

Driving this shift is a surplus of LCD monitors from a number of suppliers in Asia, meaning average sales prices are falling steadily.

“There’s a universal attraction to these thinner, lighter, less cumbersome displays,” said Jennifer Gallo, analyst for IDC’s Displays and Projectors service. “Throw out an appealing price point to the masses and you’ve got a formula for shaking up the marketplace.”

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