The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is predicting that sales of gadgets will rise by 11 per cent in 2005, with revenue from digital music player sales expected to increase by more than 40 per cent.

Reuters reports that the association expects gadget sales to rise from $113.5 billion in 2004 to around $125.7 billion in 2005.

According to CEA, the gains in the industry are partly due to the popularity of high-definition televisions – sales of which are expected to top $15 billion in 2005, digital cameras – expected to top $5 billion this year, and portable audio devices such as the iPod – expected to rise from $1.2 billion in 2004 to $1.7 billion in 2005.

The association also expects to see increased shipments of personal computers, navigation systems for automobiles and mobile phone handsets.