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Holiday electronics sales reach $6.4 billion

Sales were up 5.1 percent from the previous season, according to NPD. Popular buys included digital cameras and plasma TVs.

In the United States, consumers spent $6.39 billion on consumer electronics, up 5.1 percent from the $6.07 billion spent in 2003, according to The NPD Group, which tracks consumer sales. Digital camera purchases grew by 32 percent, slower than the 55 percent growth rate seen the year before.

Plasma TVs, meanwhile, accounted for 12 percent of all TV revenue. In all, 86 percent of TV sales were fore TVs with screens less than 42 inches in diameter. Other surveys came out with similar figures but broke up the categories differently.