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Business segment drives global PC shipments up 13 percent

Posted: 21 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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PC vendors received a boost in sales in the first quarter of 2004 as businesses increased system purchases. Driven by the business segment, worldwide PC shipments totaled 45.3 million units in the first quarter of 2004, a 13.4 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner Inc.

"The business segment was supported by increased PC replacement activity, as business confidence improved in most regions. Our forecast model shows strong PC replacement demand throughout 2004," said Charles Smulders, VP of Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.

According to Gartner, the top 5 vendors, all of whom experienced double-digit growth, propelled the worldwide PC industry's growth. Dell returned to the No.1 position based on shipments. The company's overseas expansion continued with overseas sales exceeding 40 percent of its total shipments for the first time.

Hewlett-Packard had slower growth than the past few quarters, as the company suffered an inventory surplus in the U.S. retail market in the early part of the first quarter. Gartner analysts said HP scaled back orders in February and reduced inventory to more normal levels by the close of the quarter, Gartner added.

Meanwhile in the U.S., the professional market showed increased sales in the quarter. However, this was offset by weaker sales in the U.S. retail market. United states PC shipments grew 11.6 percent in the first quarter of 2004 as Dell's market share surpassed 30 percent.

All regions experienced an increase in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2004. The growth rates ranged from 17 percent PC shipment growth in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to nearly 6 percent growth in Japan, noted Gartner.

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