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LG Electronics says to buy LCD panels from Sharp

LG Electronics' LCD televisions are displayed at a store in Seoul January 23, 2007. LG Electronics said on Wednesday it plans to buy 32-inch and 52-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from Japan's Sharp Corp in order to satisfy surging demand for flat screen TVs. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics 066570.KS said on Wednesday it plans to buy 32-inch and 52-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from Japan's Sharp Corp 6753.T in order to satisfy surging demand for flat screen TVs.

“We are buying about 2 million 32-inch panels from Sharp,” a spokesman for LG Electronics told Reuters. He declined to specify the number of 52-inch panels to be purchased from Sharp along with the value of the deal.

LG procures LCD panels mainly from LG Display 034220.KS, its LCD joint venture with Dutch Philips PHG.AS and from Taiwanese makers, but needed more screens to satisfy its LCD TV sales target of 14 million units, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Marie-France Han, editing by Keiron Henderson

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