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Shipments of consumer electronic products fell 13.7 percent in April from a year earlier to ¥200.3 billion, declining for the seventh consecutive month due largely to sluggish demand for car navigation systems and other audiovisual equipment for automobiles, an industry body said Monday.

But the pace of decline slowed from a drop of 14.8 percent in March, partly because of relatively robust demand for flat-panel televisions and DVD players, the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said.

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