Surveys say PC sales growing !

Global sales of personal computers grew at a stronger-than-expected pace of 13 per cent to 15 per cent in the second quarter, two market research firms said.

IDC said its quarterly survey showed that strong demand in Europe and better-than-expected results in Canada and Latin America boosted shipments to 39.7 million, representing 15 per cent growth. A separate survey by Gartner said its preliminary data showed worldwide PC shipments totaled 43 million units in the second quarter of 2004, a 13.3 per cent increase over the same period last year.

“Demand in Europe, supported by the strong euro and aggressive promotions, was the biggest driver of the quarter,” said IDC’s Loren Loverde.

“Consumer demand and commercial replacements seem fairly steady across the major regions, with growth slightly slower than expected in Asia and faster in Europe, Canada and Latin America. Overall growth remains solid and strength in Europe bodes well for the second half of the year.”

Dell remained the top global seller ahead of Hewlett-Packard, according to both surveys.

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