Brief: PC Market Seen Improving

Global PC shipments grew 12.6% in the first quarter of 2006, ahead of March projections of 11.8% growth, according to market research firm IDC.
MANHASSET, N.Y. — Global PC shipments grew 12.6 percent in the first quarter of 2006, ahead of March projections of 11.8 percent growth, according to market research IDC (Framingham, Mass.).

Although PC shipment growth slowed from 15.1 percent in 2004 and 16 percent in 2005, the market continues to exceed expectations and the outlook for 2006 has improved, according to IDC's worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker service. First quarter growth slowed in Western Europe and the U.S., but exceeded expectations in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan.

IDC now expects PC shipments for 2006 to rise 10.8 percent, up from a March projection of 10.5 percent. For 2007, IDC expects shipments to rise 11.7 percent, up from 10.7 percent previously. Total shipment volume is expected to reach 284.5 million in 2008 and 333.7 million in 2010.

"Slower growth in mature markets, the delayed release of Windows Vista, and rising inventory increase the risk of slower growth," said Loren Loverde, director of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. "Nevertheless, we expect these factors will shift volume from 2006 to 2007 rather than reduce overall consumption while strong demand in emerging markets, portable adoption, falling prices, incomplete market penetration, continuing technology development and aggressive competition between component vendors, PC vendors, and distribution channels will continue to fuel solid growth."

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