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TV sales roar back to life as stay-at-homers seek larger screens

Japanese shipments of 50-inch or bigger models soar 60% in May

Sharp and other television brands are on display at the Bic Camera store in Tokyo's Yurakucho district. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Consumers in Japan and elsewhere who are stuck at home watching Netflix during the coronavirus pandemic have snapped up large-screen televisions, fueling a broad sales recovery. 

Economic stimulus measures implemented by governments, such as 100,000 yen ($930)  cash payouts in Japan, are also driving the trend. 

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