Retail sales of consumer electronics and appliances rose 3% year-over-year in the May quarter, up from 1.5%
sequentially, according to the US Census Bureau.
Furthermore, North American TV shipments rose 4% during the first quarter, says research firm DisplaySearch,
with LCD shipments leading the way, rising 110%.
The boosts, coupled with a 19% spike in US notebook PC unit sales
during the quarter, have led some analysts to suggest the US tax rebate
is having an effect on consumer buying patterns.