Global PC shipments are on target for a near 20 per cent year-over-year rise in 2010, according to new figures from IDC.
The analyst firm said in its Quarterly PC Tracker that sales will rise by 19.8 per cent from 2009 levels, continuing on the growth seen in the final quarter of the year.
IDC reported that commercial desktops for business use experienced growth for the first time since 2008, while all-in-one systems recorded strong numbers.
Sales in emerging regions also helped to drive growth, rising by 37 per cent over last year.
"New devices such as e-readers and media tablets will pose disruptive challenges to conventional usage models while opening up intriguing possibilities in the consumer and mobile business spaces," said IDC research analyst Jay Chou.
"Aside from brute computing power, the value proposition of the PC will be increasingly measured by the flexibility with which it can meet the demands of content creation and content consumption as well as achieving optimal portability."
While desktop shipments have been recovering, IDC said that it expects portables to continue to take larger shares of the market.
The company forecasts that nearly 570 million PCs will ship annually by 2014, and that 426.9 million will be portable systems.
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