Workstation growth 'more disappointing than expected', says IDC

Worldwide shipments for Q1 recorded a year-over-year decline of 1.7 per cent
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IDC has reported that the overall certified workstation market experienced disappointing growth in Q1 2015.

Worldwide shipments for the quarter recorded a year-over-year decline of 1.7 per cent, less than forecasted projected growth of 2.4 per cent.

Overall shipments fell to 838,400 compared to 858,667 in the same quarter a year ago.

This comes after seven consecutive quarters of strong growth.

Emerging markets continued to perform better than developed markets with a quick turnaround in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, which was the fastest growing region in 1Q15 with 11 per cent year-over-year growth.

For the first time in five consecutive quarters, the Latin America region was not able to achieve double-digit growth although it did post solid growth of 4.9 per cent year-over-year.

The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region accounted for 16.9 per cent of global share and was the second fastest growing region with year-over-year growth of 10.3 per cent, its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. As expected, growth in both China and India slowed year-over-year.

The rest of the world, including Canada, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan, the United States, and Western Europe, accounted for 77.4 per cent of worldwide shipments and declined 4.6 per cent year over year in 1Q15.

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