IDC expects to see first quarter PC unit volume up by 14.1 per cent

IDC expects to see first quarter PC unit volume up by 14.1 per cent
Tom Foremski
US market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) says that the value of worldwide PC shipments is declining this year but first quarter demand in 1999 has shown healthy unit growth.
First quarter 1999 unit PC shipments are expected to be up by 14.1 per cent to 103.2 million units compared with the same period last year with a rebound seen in Asia/Pacific markets. But in terms of revenues, the prediction for 1999 is for just a 4.8 per cent increase to $178.4bn.
“This low growth scenario illustrates the continued downward migration of consumer and commercial desktop as well as portable PC prices. It also explains why PC vendors are moving at a frenetic pace to diversify their business models and revenue sources,” said senior IDC analyst Bruce Stephen.
After what it calls a “sizzling 1998”, IDC says the Western European market is expected to slowdown in 1999. IDC projects the region will post Q1 year-over-year unit growth of 15.1 per cent, with sequential volume down a typical 23.4 per cent. Key demand for the region includes consumer interest in low-cost PCs, the portable PC market, and a strengthening German economy.

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