Strong consumer demand in Europe and developing nations spurred PC sales to better than expected results, according to analyst firm IDC.
The strong euro and high levels of consumer buying have made European sales the highest in the world, and IDC expects this to continue for the rest of the year.
The analyst has upgraded its estimation of market growth to 14.1 per cent in 2005, up from an earlier estimate of 11.4 per cent.
"We continue to see remarkable growth in the consumer segment and in emerging markets," said Loren Loverde, director of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
"Low prices combined with low penetration, recovering or growing economies, and general investment in technology, continue to fuel rapid growth in these markets.
"While we expect the euro to weaken against the dollar, and PC growth rates to slow from recent quarters, we still anticipate strong growth for another two quarters."
Fears over oil prices, Hurricane Katrina and low job growth harmed sales in the US, resulting in single digit growth for the year.
Meanwhile the report predicts a surge in spending in Asia, particularly for portable devices, and indicated that strong demand will continue in the region until the end of 2006.
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