PC sales figures for the third quarter (Q3) 2000 are set to rocket, according to a study conducted by analyst IDC.
Thanks to surging demand in the US and Japan, PC shipments will jump by 18.5 per cent on the same period last year, with more still to come for the third quarter, the report shows.
Total sales in the PC market worldwide, which includes desktops, notebooks and servers, will reach 33.4 million units by the end of Q3. This figure also represents a 10 per cent rise on the second quarter, when global sales reached 30.3 million units.
Figures for the second quarter were down eight per cent on the same period last year, but chip shortages and unusually high demand for free or cheap PCs in the US were said to be the reasons. The results for this quarter and for the end of the year are expected to benefit from the summer's bottleneck.
Q3 promises to be particularly strong for Asia and Japan which are expected to show the largest sales increases with year-on-year growth of 36 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively.
Both countries' sales will be boosted by growing demand for consumer desktops and portables, with Japan's business PC sales continuing to recover after a slow start to the year, following concerns about the impact of the millennium bug.
Sales in western Europe will improve by 14.5 per cent year-on-year, but this represents sequential growth of only 7.5 per cent.
Internet demand and retail offers continue to drive the market. The business PC sector is also expected to begin recovering as organisations' faith in the market is restored.
The US is expected to ship almost 13 million units, representing 10.6 per cent year-on-year and 13.4 per cent sequential growth.
The US market is again expected to improve in both the consumer and business PC sectors after fears of a slowdown at the start of the year.
First published in Computer Reseller News
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