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Sales of third-party CRT monitors last year generated $190 million, according to a recent report from channel research company Inform. Inform describes third-party monitors as those sold separately to the PC or having a different badge to the PC base unit.

Overall, third-party monitor sales generated over $200 million, with TFT sales contributing a further $15 million to the market.

Although CRT sales continue to dominate this market, as they do the overall market, the study suggests buyers of "unbound" monitors are significantly more open to the purchase of TFT monitors than their counterparts.

Inform is reporting this as good news for resellers who can earn significantly more on the sale of a TFT monitor than its CRT counterparts.

However CRT monitors still capture 98 per cent of the overall monitor market, where recent price decreases on the TFT range have failed to lead to a significant increase in market share.

Despite a gradually increasing footprint, the 15-inch screen size continues to dominate the market with a volume share of over 50 per cent.

The over 17-inch market is on the increase, but perhaps not as quickly as resellers, distributors and manufacturers would like, particularly given this sector's rapid price decrease this year - down 12 per cent since January compared to 5 per cent for the 15-inch sector.

At the high end, large niche monitors for specialist industries constituted a paltry 6 per cent of the market. However, resellers who have tapped in to this area are doing well as this level of the market represents 17 per cent of the overall value of the monitor market.

Samsung continues to dominate the market, holding a 21 per cent share of market volume, with its Syncmaster 550S at the top of the sales list. LG Electronics took the red ribbon for the second year running capturing 11 per cent of the market, followed by Mitsubishi (9 per cent), Philips (8 per cent) and ViewSonic (6 per cent).

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