The first quarter of the year brought about an increase for the Technical Consumer Goods market, when compared to the same quarter of 2012. The overall market increased by 4%, reaching a value of EUR 349 million, according to a GfK report released yesterday. The largest sector remains the Information Technology (IT) sector, which maintained a relatively stable value of EUR 105 million after a growth of 0.9% compared to Q1 2012. The most important increase of value was generated by the Telecommunication sector (18.2%). Negative growth rates were recorded by the Consumer Electronics sector (-2.3%) and Major Domestic Appliances (-2.1%) sector which has been on a descending path since last year. The Photo sector reached a total value of EUR 9 million in Q1 2013, an increase of 11% when compared to Q1 2012. Value wise, the Small Domestic Appliances sector recorded a 0.9% growth rate in Q1 2013 compared with the same quarter of last year.