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Sales of plasma-display panel and liquid crystal display televisions are likely to grow about 3.5-fold from 2004 to 9.5 million units in Japan, accounting for 86 percent of overall TV sales in 2009, an industry association said Monday.

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said sales of LCD TVs are projected to expand about 3.4-fold from 2004 to 8.3 million units, while those of plasma-display panel TVs are expected to grow about 3.5-fold to 1.2 million units.

The proportion of TVs capable of receiving digital terrestrial broadcasting services is likely to rise from 19 percent in 2004 to more than 50 percent in 2006, when such services will be available nationwide, the association said.

The new TVs are expected to saturate the market in 2009, it said.

Worldwide, sales of LCD TVs are projected to rise about 7.4-fold to 59.0 million units, while those of plasma-display panel TVs are forecast to grow about fivefold to 11.6 million units.

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