I would say that it’s a good sign for the worldwide economy that Sharp is increasing its LCD panel production by tens of thousands of screens per month. Sharp is after all one of the largest provider of OEM LCD screens which get sold not only under the Sharp brand but many others too. The company is raising it’s forecasted output from 120 million to 127 million as the LCD demand rises in developing nations.
PCWorld is stating that China alone will account for 24 million panels this year alone, which is a lot of screens. Hopefully US consumers will be able to account for a good chunk of sales too. But first we have to jobs.