Cheaper laptops drive 25 percent rise in PC sales
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Cheaper laptops drive 25 percent rise in PC sales

By Vidya   |   Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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According to a recent study by Gartner, computer sales are all set to grow to 9.8 million by the end of this year lead by notebook computers. This denotes a 25 percent rise in in comparison to the 5.4 million with last years' sales of PCs in the country, including desktop and notebook computers according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) India.

The rise in demand was driven by prices of notebook computers dropping below the Rs45,000-mark. Notebook computer shipments were just short of a million-9,76,000-double of the 2005 figure. Desktop computer sales were 4.4 million, a 15 percent growth.

Hewlett Packard India, HCL Infosystems and Lenovo India led the pack as their market share rose by a fifth. HP strengthened its market share by nearly a quarter, reporting a 21percent of the 2006 sales, equivalent to around 1.1 million computers. "Our growth in sales is a part of the larger India growth plan. Besides, we are investing heavily in brand-building, which has greatly added to sales," said Ravi Swaminathan, president, Personal Systems Group, HP India.

Other vendors included Dell, Acer, LG, PCS, Sahara Computers, Wipro and Zenith. "The total PC market in 2007 will grow by 25.4 percent, with the desktop market growth projected at 13percent and the notebook market at 63percent," Diptarup Chakraborti, principal analyst at Gartner, predicted.

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