Good news for global PC market
Global PC shipments are on the up once again, according to figures from analyst firm IDC.
Back-to-school demand helped shipments rise 2.3% after falling for three consecutive quarters, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
The market is expected to see double-digit growth in 2010, with desktop shipments roughly flat and portable computers driving overall increases in shipments.
“As commercial spending recovers in 2010, we expect to see robust growth over the next several years,” says Loren Loverde, program director at IDC Worldwide Trackers.
Laptops and netbooks drove overall shipments in the third quarter, rising from 33.5% in 2008. Shipments of netbooks accounted for 28% of portable shipments, from 14% a year ago.
However, netbooks are expected to grow at a slower rate than laptops, since new ultra-thin portables are creating more competition in the market.