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NEW YORK (Kyodo) Sony Corp. fell to third place in the global television market in the January-March quarter, down from second, U.S. research firm DisplaySearch said.

Sony commanded 13.1 percent of the world market in terms of shipments, down from 14.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

It was overtaken by South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc., which climbed out of third place after growing its share to 13.3 percent from 11.5 percent, the research firm said.

Samsung Electronics Co. defended its No. 1 spot with a share of 21.5 percent, down from 22.1 percent, DisplaySearch said.

Coming in fourth was Sharp Corp., which commanded a 7.2 percent share, down slightly from 7.4 percent. Sharp was followed by Panasonic Corp. which had a 6.1 percent share, down from 8.8 percent.

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