Disposable cameras the only bright spot in film camera market

Sales of disposable cameras, the lone bright spot in a declining traditional film market, are seen growing by 5% this year, albeit a slower rate than previous years as digital camera demand swells. Some 222 mil one-time-use cameras, typically purchased in drug stores, markets and big-box retailers by cost-conscious consumers, will be sold this year in the United States, up from 211 mil in 2003, according to estimates from the Photo Marketing Association, and industry trade group.

Sales of disposable cameras, the lone bright spot in a declining traditional film market, are seen growing by 5% this year, albeit a slower rate than previous years as digital camera demand swells. Some 222 mil one-time-use cameras, typically purchased in drug stores, markets and big-box retailers by cost-conscious consumers, will be sold this year in the United States, up from 211 mil in 2003, according to estimates from the Photo Marketing Association, and industry trade group. In 2000 sales were rising at a 17% growth rate.

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