Global PC sales to rise nearly 20 percent in 2010: research firm

08:09, March 05, 2010      

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Boosted by robust demand for mobile computers, worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments are projected to grow nearly 20 percent in 2010, market research firm Gartner said on Thursday.

Gartner now expected global PC shipments to total 366.1 million units this year, an increase of 19.7 percent over the 305.8 million units shipped in 2009, with spending jumping 12.2 percent to 245 billion U.S. dollars.

The outlook is more optimistic than Gartner's previous forecast in December 2009, when the research firm anticipated 13.3 percent increase in PC shipments and 1.9 percent growth in spending in 2010.

"The PC industry will be overwhelmingly driven by mobile PCs, thanks to strong home growth in both emerging and mature markets," George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.

According to Gartner, mobile PCs are expected to drive 90 percent of PC growth over the next three years.

"In 2009, mobile PCs accounted for 55 percent of all PC shipments; by 2012, we expect mobile PCs to account for nearly 70 percent of shipments," Shiffler said.

Gartner also predicted that all regional PC markets will return to growth and show more normal seasonality in 2010.

The market will remain robust with unit growth continuing to increase strongly over the next few years as home PC demand accelerates and professional replacements rise in the recovery from the global recession, the research firm said.

Source: Xinhua
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