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Readers surprised by our general bearish stance on LCD panel makers generally point out how much demand for the monitors (both as computer monitors and flat panel TV sets) is rising. Indeed, large-size LCD panel shipments dropped 4% in November, says WitsView.

Worldwide large-size LCD panel shipments dropped to 26.3 million units in November, a 4% on-month decrease but 29% on-year increase, said research firm WitsView.

Ignoring the bearishness of the headline, 29% year/year unit growth is rather respectable. But with prices dropping 35%, it means sales are lower this year than they were last.

Simple math.

Source: LCD Revenues Down in 2006 Despite Unit Sales Being Up 29%