Global Desktop PC Shipments fall by 8.1%

Saturday, June 27, 2009 Leave a Comment

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Global PC shipments have dropped by 8.1 percentage in the first quarter according to a survey conducted by iSuppli this week.
The survey conducted by iSuppli concurs with a previous Gartner report showing the worst drop in PC sales since records began.
iSuppli said 66.5 million units were shipped in the first quarter of 2009, a drop of 8.1 per cent compared to the same time last year and a 14.4 per cent drop compared to the previous quarter.

Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for computer platforms research at iSuppli, said: “The worldwide recession sparked by the credit crisis slammed PC shipments for the second quarter in succession during the first three months of 2009.”
“The first-quarter performance of the worldwide PC market was worse than iSuppli had expected in its prior forecast, which called for a 4 percent decline in shipments compared to the same period in 2008. After a long period of immunity to the global downturn, the economic crisis finally has begun to impact the PC market.”

While desktops numbers looked bad, the notebooks and especially the netbook segment saw sales pick up this quarter. The top five manufacturers – HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba – all reported the growth in the netbooks market.
Wilkins said: “The bundling of a low-cost portable computer and an internet access package clearly has struck a chord with consumers.”
iSuppli believes the netbook market will continue to increase, predicting a growth of nine per cent market share to 14 per cent for 2009.

[Source: ITPro]