Sales of personal computers are continuing to grow in spite of a darker outlook for the IT market, according to new figures from iSuppli.
The research firm said that worldwide PC sales rose seven per cent over the last quarter and 10.3 per cent over the same period in 2009.
Manufacturers sent out 88.1 million new systems over the quarter, up from 77 million a year ago. The growth stretched from notebook and desktop systems to entry-level server hardware.
The figures mark the fifth consecutive quarter in which iSuppli has logged an increase in PC shipments over the previous year.
The reports also come in the wake of warnings throughout the IT market that the economic recovery could be progressing more slowly than analysts had originally anticipated.
The latest figures from iSuppli, however, suggest that the PC market is still meeting sales expectations.
"From warnings issued by Taiwanese motherboard makers, to word of declining exports from China, to mounting concerns over consumer spending, there has been a drumbeat of negative news regarding the PC market," said iSuppli compute platforms research principal analyst Matthew Wilkins.
"However, even with consumer confidence shaken by government austerity measures, individuals and businesses continued to purchase PCs in the third quarter, driving up global shipments smartly."
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