PC market returns to growth

Signs of recovery driven by massive netbook growth, decline in business IT spending begins to slow
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PC shipments grew by 2.3 per cent in Q3 2009 after three consecutive months of decline, according to a new report from IDC.

As well as a general boost provided by back to school sales, the chief driver of these figures appears to be, and a 37 per cent jump in netbook sales on the last quarter. The segment now accounts for 28 per cent of consumer laptops.

Meanwhile, Decline in business PC sales slowed, fuelling optimism about commercial spending in 2010.

The analyst expects growth to speed up going forward, particulary in emerging markets. It also expects desktop sales to stay flat, but expects a rather specific 18.1 per cent growth in portable computers. The business PC sector is expected to pick up in the second half of 2010.

"Once again, the PC market shows its resiliency," said Loren Loverde, program director IDC Worldwide Trackers. "The speed of market stabilization and growth in key segments reflect the essential role of personal computing today. Technology evolution and falling prices remain a compelling combination. As commercial spending recovers in 2010, we expect to see robust growth over the next several years."

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