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Primary battery sales statistics by volume
(source: Machinery statistics released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

Unit: million
Calendar year Total of primary batteries Zinc-carbon batteries Alkaline batteries Silver oxide batteries Lithium batteries Others
1986 3,269 2,252 639 237   142
1987 3,487 2,328 683 266   210
1988 3,760 2,342 806 348   265
1989 3,952 2,448 851 356   297
1990 4,154 2,550 785 452   367
1991 4,338 2,561 844 477   457
1992 4,496 2,602 887 511   496
1993 4,592 2,461 938 601 548 44
1994 4,634 2,326 909 635 715 49
1995 4,864 2,314 999 711 786 54
1996 4,690 1,997 1,146 778 721 49
1997 4,852 1,717 1,393 823 869 51
1998 5,016 1,650 1,485 935 901 46
1999 5,060 1,536 1,631 877 966 50
2000 5,177 1,337 1,643 994 1,155 48
2001 4,697 1,195 1,501 952 1,000 49
2002 4,732 1,142 1,422 988 1,099 81
2003 4,584 943 1,434 1,008 1,132 67
2004 4,502 831 1,318 1,000 1,196 158
2005 4,424 699 1,319 955 1,195 256
2006 4,406 677 1,288 876 1,326 239
2007 4,317 506 1,362 874 1,348 227
2008 4,031 275 1,542 830 1,273 112
2009 3,386 174 1,367 724 1,073 47
2010 3,562 159 1,303 869 1,194 37
2011 3,498 - 1,402 1,059 1,037 -
2012 2,898 - 1,104 928 866 -
2013 2,701 - 1,060 771 870 -
2014 2,725 - 1,028 818 879 -
2015 2,712 - 995 827 889 -
Silver oxide batteries include Zinc-carbon batteries and Other primary batteries as from June 2011.