Lower systems prices, economic recovery and the boom in the Internet helped worldwide PC shipments to grow 26.4 per cent year on year for the second quarter 1999.
According to the latest figures from IT researcher Gartner Group, all regions of the world experienced strong PC shipment growth during the period.
Charles Smulders, senior analyst at Gartner, commented: "Demand in Asia pacific was driven by a return in business confidence together with Internet related PC demand."
"In the European market, seasonal factors in the German market may contribute to lower growth, but early indications are that the UK and France have performed well across both the professional and consumer segments. The Latin America market also did well," he said.
All of the top tier vendors, he said, experienced worldwide shipment growth of more than 30 per cent over the second quarter of last year.
IBM and Dell showed the strongest year over year growth with increases of 50 per cent and 47 per cent respectively.
Compaq maintained its number one position with a 13.8 per cent market share up from 13.1 per cent, with Dell in second place holding 10.2 per cent share up from 8.6 per cent in the same quarter last year.
IBM held third place with an 8.8 per cent share, up from 7.6 and Hewlett-Packard was fourth with 6.3 per cent market share up from 5.8 per cent.
Also out today, figures from researcher IDC, showed aggressive pricing in Western Europe drove up PC shipments, but weakened value growth and margins.
According to the company, PC sales rose 18.4 per cent for the second quarter of 1999. All product categories experienced high growth, despite a slowdown in the consumer boom, said IDC. Desktop sales remained high and PC server sales continued to grow.
However, the company said pressure for low priced PCs, increased competition in the notebook market, as well as the evolution of the PC server product mix with a large number of entry level packages, contributed to weaker growth in value.
Karine Paoli, PC analyst at IDC commented: "The European PC market continues to benefit from strong demand across all segments. Internet and cheaper PCs fuelled the demand for PCs in the consumer market."
She added: "On the business market, Y2K compatibility remains a strong accelerator. It stimulated corporate renewals in the previous quarters and is expected to drive the small business sector in the second half of the year."
Last quarter showed a similar strong rate of growth, according to IDC and Gartner. (See Newswire 27 April)
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