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2Q11 global PC shipments up 2.3%

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC shipments? market? PC vendors?

The PC market in Latin America grew 15 percent in the second quarter of 2011, as shipments totaled 9.2 million units. Concerns over Brazil's overheating economy are abating with news that the country's gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2011 grew by 1.3 percent. Inflation in May was down from the previous seven months. Able Brazilian PC vendors are trying to expand in response to increased foreign competition. Local vendors are looking to make up for lost growth in their home country by entering foreign markets where multinational PC vendors are unlikely to venture.

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??Weak U.S., EMEA PC markets
??Steady growth in Asia-Pacific

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 23 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 4.8 percent decline from the second quarter of 2010. The consumer PC market in Western Europe remained weak, with consumer confidence weakened by continued economic problems in Southern Europe. The general feedback from retail channels remained pessimistic, especially in most of Southern Europe, with only France and Germany seeing stronger end-of-quarter shipments as channels cleaned out their inventory.

Steady growth in Asia-Pacific
In Asia-Pacific, PC shipments reached 30.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 9.6 percent increase from the same period last year. The PC market continued to grow moderately, cushioned from the volatility in other regions. However, individual market performances were mixed, with indications of channel inventory issues and delivery postponements in some Southeast Asian countries. India showed weaker-than-expected consumer demand, while China's PC market grew 10.9 percent year over year. China's growth was attributed to the release of pent-up demand for consumer PCs.

PC shipments in Japan grew 5.5 percent in 2Q11, with shipments reaching 3.9 million units. The biggest contributor to growth in the professional market in this year's second quarter was a supply-side factor. Many of the shipments in the second quarter had been postponed from March due to the earthquake and tsunami. In the consumer segment, demand for PCs to replace desktop PCs was the main driver of growth. All-in-one desktops and notebooks with large screens sold well at retail stores.

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