PC market to grow 11.3% in 2005

Strong Q3 results and ongoing commercial activity reinforce expectations for market growth in 2005, according to IDC. While growth in worldwide consumer PC shipments slipped to less than 8% in Q3 2004 from a peak of over 25% a year ago, growth in commercial shipments of 15.

Strong Q3 results and ongoing commercial activity reinforce expectations for market growth in 2005, according to IDC. While growth in worldwide consumer PC shipments slipped to less than 8% in Q3 2004 from a peak of over 25% a year ago, growth in commercial shipments of 15.9% was down only 1% from a four and one half year high of 16.9% in the first half of 2004, and was up from 13.5% a year ago. Commercial growth is expected to slow in 2005 as the recent recovery matures, but should remain at a relatively robust 11.3% vs. projected consumer growth of only 8%. Total shipments are expected to reach 195.1 mln in 2005 on growth of 10.1%, with total shipment value growing by 3.9% to $201 bln.

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