PC Market Is Expected To Continue Double-Digit Growth
Despite Increasing Economic Concerns, According to IDC
Portable adoption remains the primary driver in all regions, nearly matching record quarterly growth in Q3 2007, and record annual growth in 2005. Increases of more than 50% in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and Rest of World helped boost these regions to more than 36% of Portable volume, while the United States and Western Europe saw growth above 20% and continue to account for more than 50% of Portable volume.
"The deteriorating economic environment can certainly put a damper on PC growth," said Loren Loverde, director of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. "However, fourth quarter growth was the fastest since mid 2005 and we should see continued Portable adoption and PC acquisition by both Commercial and Consumer segments. Replacements in mature regions supported by ongoing rapid growth in new users in emerging regions will add to pervasive technology evolution and falling prices to sustain growth."
"Lower cost consumer notebooks continue to drive PC market growth in all regions around the world," said Bob O'Donnell, vice president for Clients and Displays. "Consumers are increasingly seeing notebooks as essential personal communication and information gathering tools and we expect that will continue to drive growth and higher PC penetration ratios for several years to come."
Taxonomy Note: PCs include Desktop, Notebook, Ultra Portable, and x86 Server and do not include handhelds.
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