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PC shipments increased 10 percent in Q2 '03

Posted: 18 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gartner? computer? pc? fujitsu? hewlett packard?

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 32.8 million units in Q2 of 2003, a 10 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner Inc. This increase is partly due to highly competitive pricing. Reportedly, the worldwide PC market has not experienced double-digit shipment growth since Q3 of 2000.

"The PC industry performed better than expected, which suggests that market conditions are improving," said Charles Smulders, VP of Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group. "However, sustained improvement will depend on economic conditions and their effect on the business upgrade cycle. Recent Gartner IT Watch survey data confirms U.S. corporate budgets remain tight."

Dell experienced the strongest growth rate among the top-tier vendors as its worldwide shipments increased 29.5 percent. Three of the other top-tier vendors: Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Fujitsu, achieved growth rates that surpassed the industry average. Gartner analysts noted that IBM's shipment increase is a good indicator that the business segment may be improving.

Further, Gartner says that U.S. PC shipments in Q2 of 2003 increased 11.1 percent, as the market received a boost from the consumer and education segments.

On a global basis, Gartner analysts said all regions showed positive growth compared to last year. EMEA and Latin America exceeded growth expectations, with EMEA's increase attributed to stronger business growth. Asia-Pacific fell below expectations, primarily because of the effects of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) on business activity in China.

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