Global PC market to grow 12.8% in 2005, 9.2% in 2006

IDC raised the forecast for total PC shipments for 2002-2006. They are now expected to reach 199.

IDC raised the forecast for total PC shipments for 2002-2006. They are now expected to reach 199.2 mln in 2005 on growth of 11.4%, followed by shipments of 217.0 mln and growth of 9% in 2006. Emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America continue to grow by more than 20% per year while Asia/Pacific and Western Europe continue to grow in the mid- to low teens. Portable adoption and low prices remain key drivers, sustaining business replacements and boosting consumer and small business demand.

Global PC market unit shipments and growth, 2002-2006
Region Market 2002 2003 2004 2005* 2006*
Shipments, mln. of units
USA Consumer 17.1 20.0 21.8 23.6 26.2
Commercial 30.5 32.7 36.5 39.3 41.9
Total 47.6 52.7 58.3 63.0 68.1
World Consumer 49.9 56.6 64.2 72.4 79.1
Commercial 88.6 98.6 114.6 126.8 138.0
Total 138.5 155.2 178.8 199.2 217.0
Growth, %
USA Consumer   17.3% 8.9% 8.5% 10.8%
Commercial   7.2% 11.7% 7.8% 6.4%
Total   10.8% 10.6% 8.0% 8.1%
World Consumer   13.4% 13.5% 12.8% 9.2%
Commercial   11.3% 16.2% 10.6% 8.8%
Total   12.0% 15.2% 11.4% 9.0%
Source: IDC