Selling like hotcakes: LCDs, notebook PCs

May was the first month that notebook computer sales generated more revenue than desktop PCs, and buyers bought more LCD monitors than standard CRTs, according to a new study.

In January 2000, notebooks made up less than a quarter of computer sales, according to the NPD Group of Port Washington, N.Y. But in May, they made up more than 40 percent of sales and 54 percent of the nearly $500 million generated by computer sales.

Meanwhile, flat-panel monitor sales made up 52 percent of total monitor sales and more than 70 percent of revenues from monitor sales in May. A year earlier, flat-panels represented 22 percent of unit sales and 40 percent of revenues.

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