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Domestic shipments of audiovisual equipment amounted to 2.02 trillion yen in 2002, up 0.6 percent from the previous year for the first rise in two years, an industry body said Tuesday.

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association attributed the increase to surges in shipments of new-generation products, including DVD players and liquid-crystal display and plasma-screen TVs.

In volume terms, shipments of LCD TVs rose 48.4 percent to 1.01 million units, and those of plasma display panels, including TVs, grew 2.8 times to 191,000 units.

DVD shipments rose nearly twofold to 3.38 million units.

In contrast, shipments of old-generation audiovisual equipment declined.

Shipments of TVs with cathode-ray tubes fell 12.4 percent to 8.43 million units, and shipments of videocassette recorders fell 22.9 percent to 4.73 million units.

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