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Mobile PC shipments maintain growth in Q2 2002

Posted: 06 Aug 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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While the overall number of PC shipments experienced a slight decline in Q2 of 2002, the mobile PC segment managed positive growth, announced Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc.

According to the Dataquest report, the number of worldwide mobile PC shipments totaled 6.9 million units in Q2 of 2002, a 6.1 percent increase from Q2 of 2001, when shipments totaled 6.5 million units. By comparison, worldwide PC shipments are reported to have declined by only 1 percent in the Q2 of 2002, compared to the Q2 of last year.

"Continuing growth in mobile PCs provides some good news in a worldwide PC market that overall remains weak," said Charles Smulders, VP of Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group. "The mobile PC market grew in most regions except for Japan and Latin America. The U.S. mobile PC market grew 9.3 percent year over year, supported by the beginning of back-to-school purchases, as well as orders from educational institutions."

Smulders adds that the notebook market is expected to outperform the desk-based market in terms of unit growth in 2002 and 2003.

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