Despite declining sales of PCs, U.S. retail sales of peripherals rose slightly in the first half of the year, according to market researcher NPD Intelect. Sales of computer-related products grew 3.4 percent to nearly $12.3 billion, compared with the same period last year. Growth was led by sales of removable memory and flat-panel monitors, which grew more than 210 percent and 149 percent, respectively. NPD categorized handheld computers and recordable CD drives--but not printers and scanners--as peripherals.
Sales of "core" computer products, such as desktop PCs, printers and scanners, accounted for 35.5 percent of computer-related sales at U.S. retail in the first half of the year, NPD said. That compares with 45.5 percent in the same period last year.