The FIFA World Cup sparked a rush on giant plasma-screen televisions, shows data released by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

Domestic shipments of PDP (plasma display panel) televisions hit 14,000 during May, and 11,000 in each of the two previous months. Shipments in May were up 420 per cent on the same period a year earlier, and for the first five months of the year were up 350 per cent compared to a year ago.

PDP screens range from around $2,750 for a low-end model by Hitachi to more than $6,686 for a Pioneer set.

Senior manager of the colour PDP sales division at NEC Youichi Kadota said: "The World Cup brought on strong demand in the plasma television market, which produces PDP panels for several companies. All makers have seen PDP TV shipments increase and demand for NEC panels has risen steadily."

The sales are part of an estimated $3 billion boost the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute estimated the Japanese economy received as a result of co-hosting the tournament and thousands of fans, players and officials from around the world.