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Samsung tops global TV market with record share in Q1

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Samsung Electronics maintained its status as the world’s leading TV vendor with a record market share in the first quarter, a report showed on Tuesday, as the tech giant posted robust growth on the back of its QLED and large TVs.

Samsung represented 32.9 percent of the global TV market in terms of sales revenue in the January-March period, its largest share for a first quarter, according to data from industry researcher Omdia.

Samsung was followed by its South Korean rival LG Electronics with 19.2 percent and Japan’s Sony Corp. with 8 percent.

Samsung, which has been the world’s top TV manufacturer since 2006, said its strategy to focus on premium QLED and large-size TVs once again helped the company post brisk sales amid the pandemic.

Global QLED TV sales reached 2.68 million in the first quarter, up 74.3 percent from a year earlier, and Samsung accounted for 2.01 million units.

With the launch of its new Neo QLED TV, Samsung said its QLED TV sales will top 10 million units this year. Last year, the company sold 7.79 million QLED TVs, reports Yonhap news agency.

In the premium TV segment, which refers to TVs priced above $2,500, Samsung led with a market share of 46.6 percent in terms of revenue, followed by LG with 24.5 percent and Sony with 17.6 percent.

The company also had the dominant position in the 80-inch or larger TV sector with a market share of 52.4 percent.

The worldwide TV market in the first quarter grew 9.9 percent on-year to 51.22 million units as pent-up demand continued, according to Omdia. By revenue, it expanded to $27.3 billion, up 32.8 percent from a year ago.

Omdia data showed LG also enjoyed brisk sales in the fast-growing OLED TV sector in the first quarter.

LG’s OLED TV shipments increased 116 percent on-year to 792,000 units in the first three months of 2021, its best performance for a first quarter. The global OLED TV market in the first quarter expanded more than 90 percent on-year to 1.19 million units.

The company said the average selling price (ASP) of its OLED TV products reached $1,996.30, which is more than four times larger than LCD TVs’ ASP of $498.70.

Omdia predicted the global OLED TV market will reach 5.8 million units this year, up from 3.65 million units last year. It expected OLED TVs to represent 10 percent of the global TV market this year in terms of revenue.

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Decline in equities continue for 4th straight sessions

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The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) and broader 50-scrip Nifty on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) extended their losses from the previous three consecutive sessions and declined on Friday.

At 10.25 a.m., Sensex traded at 58,593 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 59,464 points. It opened at 59,039 points.

Nifty traded at 17,599 points, down 0.9 per cent from the previous close of 17,757 points. It opened at 17,613 points.

Bajaj Finserv, Tech Mahindra, Coal India, Adani Ports, Bharti Airtel were some of the top losers, NSE data showed.

Top gainers during the early trade were Hindustan Unilever, Tata Consumers, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp, and Power Grid Corporation.

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Consumer Price Index numbers for Agri, Rural labourers up by 5 points in Dec 2021

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The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers (CPI-AL) and Rural Labourers (CPI-RL) for the month of December 2021 increased by 5 points each to stand at 1097 and 1106 points respectively.

The major contribution towards the rise in general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers came from Fuel & Light group and miscellaneous group to the extent of 1.72 & 1.58 points and 1.02 & 1.06 points respectively mainly due to rise in prices of firewood, kerosene oil, medicine, barber charges, bus fare, toilet soap, washing soap, etc., a release from the Ministry of Labour and Employment said on Thursday.

The rise/fall in the index varied from state to state. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 20 points in 11 states and a decrease of 1 to 12 points in eight states while it remained stationary for Odisha. Tamil Nadu with 1,290 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 861 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded an increase of 1 to 20 points in 11 States and a decrease of 1 to 14 points in eight states while it remained stationary for Odisha. Tamil Nadu with 1,276 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 915 points stood at the bottom.

Amongst states, the maximum increase in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL was experienced by Tamil Nadu (20 points each), mainly due to rise in the prices of vegetables & fruits, onion, chillies green/dry, tamarind, etc.

On the contrary, the maximum decrease in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL was experienced by Himachal Pradesh (12 points and 14 points respectively), mainly due to fall in the prices of wheat atta, pulses, onion, vegetables, and fruits etc.

Point to point rate of inflation based on the CPI-AL and CPI-RL stood at 4.78 per cent & 5.03 per cent in December 2021, compared to 3.02 per cent & 3.38 per cent respectively in November 2021 and 3.25 per cent and 3.34 per cent respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year.

Similarly, Food inflation stood at 2.99 per cent & 3.17 per cent in December 2021, compared to 0.88 per cent & 1.07 per cent respectively in November 2021 and 2.97 per cent & 2.96 per cent respectively during the corresponding month of the previous year.

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Air India to commence normal ops to US from Friday

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National carrier Air India will commence normal operations to US from Friday, the airline said.

On Tuesday, the national carrier said that it will not be able to operate a number of US-bound flights due to the deployment of 5G communications in the US.

As per industry insiders, the 5G network technology might cause certain crucial flight instruments to malfunction.

The airline informed passengers via its official Twitter handle: “#FlyAI : Flight operations to/from destinations in USA were affected during last two days.

“We would like to inform our passengers traveling to/from destinations in the USA that effective 0001hrs of 21st January 2022 normal flights operations will recommence to/from USA.”

Earlier in the day, Boeing had cleared AI to operate to the US on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Accordingly, the first Air India flight left from New Delhi to JFK airport on Thursday morning.

Besides, Air India is expected to operate other flights to Chicago and San Francisco.

“Arrangements to carry stranded passengers are being worked out,” the airline said.

The US air transport regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been concerned that a version of 5G could interfere with some airplane instruments.

Earlier, aviation industry groups had shared those fears. This is despite reassurances from federal telecom regulators and well as wireless carriers.

Specifically, the FAA has been worried that 5G cellular antennas near some airports – not air mobile devices – could throw off readings from some aircraft equipment designed to tell pilots how far they are from the ground.

The systems, radar altimeters, are used throughout a flight and are considered critical.

At present, Air India operates to 5 destinations in the US.

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