PC shipments increase hints at IT budgets rise

Global shipments of PCs for commercial use showed signs of a comeback in the third quarter of 2009, suggesting that a rise in IT spending could be forthcoming.

Statistics published by research consultancy IDC revealed that total PC shipments were up 2.3% following three consecutive quarters of contraction, with Mini Notebooks being the primary driver behind the increase.

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker also forecast that while sales of desktop PCs will remain mostly flat for the coming year, growth of up to 18.1% in the portable sector will ensure a pick-up in volume gains.

In addition to an upturn from businesses replacing their older desktop models with portable equivalents, emerging regions will significantly increase the amount they spend on IT in the next year.

Richard Shim, research manager for PCs at IDC, said: “An aging installed base of PCs to replace, along with government aid and declining average selling prices are key ingredients in a recipe for resurgence of PC shipments into the commercial market segment. The combination of a recovering commercial market and a healthy consumer market will lead to double-digit shipment growth through 2013.”

The research comes on the back of a recent investigation by industry analyst Gartner that found 62% of surveyed chief executives expect IT to play a major part in their post-recession recovery strategy.

Peter Done

Peter Done is managing director of Peninsula Business Services, the personnel and employment law consultancy he set up having already built a successful betting shop business.

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