It will be a gloomy Christmas for PC vendors in the US but Europe will fare slightly better, according to figures from analyst Gartner.
The organisation said that vendors usually see a spike up in sales during the fourth quarter as consumers buy new PCs for Christmas. But Gartner warned that a big boost in was not expected in US sales this year.
"The gloomy economic situation is likely to affect US and Japan holiday season purchases," said Gartner analyst George Shiffler.
"Given that home PC penetration is relatively high in the world's developed economies, limited funds may induce users to extend the life of their PCs.
"Many families may also choose other devices such as game consoles, DVD players and digital cameras instead of upgrading their old PCs," Shiffler said.
"Economic uncertainty and its effects on business and consumer confidence will continue to impact PC sales in 2002 and 2003," Shiffler added. "On a regional basis, the US economy has clearly bottomed out, and it remains weak and hesitant."
However, in Europe, PC makers will still see an increase in sales, said Gartner.
Company analyst Ranjit Atwal told vnunet.com: "In Europe and the UK it should be much better. The UK is looking at growth in the home market for the fourth quarter, particularly on the mobile PC side.
"We predict mid-single digit growth in this market in the fourth quarter of the year - last year growth was flat."
Consumer confidence in the UK is much better than in the US, said Atwal.
"From what vendors have told us, they are doing okay. Expectations are not has high as they have been in the last few quarters, but they are a lot more optimistic now for Q4 than they were at the beginning," he said.
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