NEW YORK (Kyodo) Vizio Inc. elbowed out Sony Corp. to grab second place in the North American flat panel TV market last quarter, U.S. research firm DisplaySearch said Monday.

Vizio, based in Irvine, Calif., commanded 17.9 percent of the U.S. flat panel market in the January-March quarter, up from 12.3 percent the preceding quarter, while Sony’s share shrank to 13.2 percent from 14.2 percent.

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