PC sales to recover this year, says IDC

14 March 2002 Sales of personal computers are on the verge of recovery, according to the latest quarterly figures and forecasts from analysts at IDC.

Strong demand in the Asia-Pacific region, together with unexpectedly healthy sales in the US, will lead to a rebound in shipments of 3% in 2002, forecasts IDC. This compares with a 5.2% fall in shipments during 2001. For 2003, IDC predicts that PC shipments will rise by 10.9%.

However, the improvements will not be immediate. During the first quarter of 2002, year-on-year unit shipments are likely to fall further, while unit shipments for the second quarter of 2002 are likely to be flat compared to the same quarter a year ago.

PC shipments will start to take-off in the third and fourth quarters of this year, says IDC, when increases in unit shipments could be as much as 10% compared with the corresponding periods in 2001.

IDC says it expects the recovery to boost both sectors of the PC market – consumer and corporate. However, the predictions conflict with a recent survey of Fortune 1000 IT executives by investment bank Goldman Sachs, which revealed that these companies are continuing to cut back on technology spending.

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Ben Rossi

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