PC shipment up at 55 million units

By agencies   |   Thursday, 20 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW YORK: Due to lower price and popularity, the worldwide shipment of personal computers (PC) totaled 55 million units in the third quarter of the current year, an increase of 17.2 percent compared to previous year.

In Asia/Pacfic, the shipment has increased by 31 percent due to the strong demand from India as well as the Northern Asian countries, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

“Lower price of PCs is the driving the strong market growth,” said Charles Smulders, Vice-President of Gartner’s Computing Platforms Worldwide Group. Though Dell continued to lead worldwide PC shipment growth, for the first seven years its growth rate was equal to the worldwide average rather than significant above it as had been cash earlier.

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 17.9 million units in the third quarter, a 10.5 percent increase from the same period last year. In the Europe, Middle East and Aftrica (EMEA) region, PC shipment increased more than 18 percent in the third quarter of 2005.

Even though the prices of PCs have stabilized in the region, but demand continued to be strong. Smulders said, “This indicates that price points for consumer mobile PCs have reached an optimal point encouraging new users and replacement buyers to purchase sooner than expected.”

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