Both firms cited Dell?s year-over-year Q4 growth at around 15 percent, translating to an average 5.4 million units shipped. Gartner said the numbers also mark the second consecutive quarter of year-to-year growth for the vendor, which serves millions of SMB customers. It attributed the growth, in part, to falling notebook prices.
IDC said it expects growth to continue this year and into next, followed by a slowdown. "Going forward, demand could soften further if bad news over the economy persists and consumer confidence worsens," said David Daoud, research manager for personal computing at IDC.InformationWeek