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Asia-Pacific PC growth set for second strong year, says Gartner

Posted: 11 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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PC growth in the Asia-Pacific region is set for double-digit growth in 2005, with China leading the way in both desktop and notebook PC sales, according to data tracker Gartner Dataquest.

Gartner estimated that 37.3 million PCs will be sold throughout the region this year, a 12.8 percent increase over 2004. That's slightly lower than the 13.8 percent growth from 2003 to 2004, when 33.1 million units were sold.

"Demand was exceptionally strong from the professional market, which includes business, education and government segments, where replacement as well as expansionary demand drove shipments. This was assisted by the improved economic situation as well as the need to replace aging PCs," said Lillian Tay, an analyst at Gartner's Client Platforms Group.

She said notebook PCs grew 31.3 percent and desktops 10.4 percent, with Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Dell growing market share more than 30 percent.

The overall growth trend will continue this year. China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam will form the basis of an estimated 10.8 percent growth in desktops, while growth will slow in notebooks to 21.3 percent, Gartner said.

China's market growth accelerated last year, to 14.9 percent from 10.2 percent in 2003, yet the pace of price declines also quickened. "With the competition getting more and more intense, the price gap between branded PC and white box PC significantly narrowed," said Simon Ye, an analyst with Gartner's Client Platforms Group. "When you take into consideration the differences in quality, brand image and service level, there was a big move from small brand and white box PCs to big brand PC," he said.

Contrary to the global market, where notebook PCs are selling faster than desktops, Gartner's Ye thinks desktops will continue to dominate growth, especially for small and medium businesses, in education and in government. "Most medium and small cities and rural areas are still far from computerized, and they will mainly consider low-end desktop as their first purchasing," he said.

- Mike Clendenin

EE Times

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