Shipments of consumer electronics in Japan grew for the first time in 14 months amid surging materials costs.
The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association says August domestic deliveries totaled about 94 billion yen, or 650 million dollars. That's up about 11 percent year-on-year. Association officials say this is partly due to price increases.
They also say some production resumed in formerly locked-down Shanghai. This helped stimulate sales by giving Japanese consumer electronics shoppers more selection of products.
Shipments of video equipment, including TVs, jumped more than 15 percent. Auto-related devices like navigation systems rose 11 percent.