D&H:Sales Strong, Good Fiscal Yr. Expected

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Harrisburg, Pa. - D&H Distributing, the privately held CE distributor based here, reported sales of TV displays were up 12 percent in revenues and higher in actual unit sales year over year, for its fiscal year, ended April 30.

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also said that its overall sales for the fiscal year showed "double-digit sales growth year over year," but the distributor did not provide specific sales numbers in a statement.

But the distributor did provide an overview of key growth categories in its fiscal year, which began May 1.

In video games, D&H's sales increased compared with last year despite the fact that the overall gaming industry declined, and the distributor is predicting it will be a "solid category" again this year as new platforms such as Nintendo's Project Natal for the Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation Move debut later this year.

3D TV should also drive sales not only for TVs but accessories too, and "could stimulate a ‘refresh cycle' as consumers replace their standard televisions," D&H said.

Among the other categories D&H expects growth from are:

·         IP-enabled television, "exemplified by models such as Toshiba's new UX600-series TVs with ‘Net TV' capabilities."

·               HTIB (home theater in a box) "with new elements like advanced sound bars and 7.1 audio systems that increase performance compared to 5.1-channel home-theater systems," D&H said.

Other categories the distributor expects to be strong in its fiscal year: a transition to LED technologies for both projectors and televisions; a more widespread adoption of home automation; high performance notebooks; eco-friendly, energy-efficient "green" merchandise; portable audio devices; and digital imaging products.

D&H ships out of five separate locations in North America, including its U.S. headquarters, here, and its Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.  Additional US warehouses are located in Atlanta, Chicago and Fresno, Calif.

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