IHS iSuppi, Consumer electronics component tracker reports (via Forbes) that US flat-panel television shipment will fall 5 percent for the first time this year, the first year sales of the displays have fallen. Shipments of flat-panel televisions to the U.S. market will fall 5 percent, or 2 million units, to 37.1 million units in 2012, Shipments will continue to fall until at least 2015, when IHS projects 34.2 million flat-panel displays will be shipped. Last year shipments grew 1% to 39.1 million units from 38.6 million units in 2010.
“The decline starting this year suggests that demand may have crested for the mature U.S. TV market,” said IHS TV Research Analyst Lisa Hatamiya in a statement. “Sales in the United States now are being driven by consumers who are replacing their older flat-panel sets with new models boasting more advanced features.”