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Worldwide PC shipments to decline by 2% only in 2009: Gartner

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 23:03

New Delhi: Research firm Gartner today said
that global personal computer shipments are expected to
decline by 2 per cent to 285 million units this year, down
from its June projection of six per cent fall.

Analysts said Gartner`s better than expected forecast
hints at recovery in global PC mart.

According to the research firm, the PC industry is on
track to reach 285 million units in 2009, which is down by
only two per cent from 2008 shipments of 291 million.

While 2009 is still predicted to be the year of the first
year-on-year decline in PC sales since the dotcom bust,
Gartner also held out an optimistic 12.6 per cent growth
prospect for 2010.

"PC demand appears be running much stronger than we
expected back in June, especially in the US and China,"
Gartner Research Director George Shiffler said.

"At least unit-wise, 2010 should be a considerably better
year for the PC market. We now expect units to grow 12.6 per
cent next year as mobile PC growth continues to gain momentum
and desk-based PC growth turns positive, thanks to revived
replacement activity," Shiffler said.

However, in revenue terms, the market will be more or
less flat as the PCs will become cheaper by an almost equal

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 23:03

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