The PC market continued to expand at an impressive rate in Q4 2005 with worldwide shipments increasing by more than 17% YTY, according to IDC. Although shipments in North America were incrementally behind forecasts, international markets were able to pick up the slack to produce the third consecutive quarter of growth greater than 17%. Portable PC demand also remained a major driver that should contribute to revenue as well as shipment growth. Q4 2005 shipments of 61.1 mln were up 17.1% boosting full year shipments to 208.6 mln with growth of 16.4%. The figures were slightly ahead of November projections of 15.1% growth in Q4 2005 and 15.8% for the entire 2005. Dell remained the top PC vendor and boosted its share of shipments to 17.2% from 16.8% in Q4 2004 with YTY growth of more than 20%. The company had strong growth across regions and form factors with particularly rapid growth in EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America driving overall international growth above 37% YTY and growth of more than 50% in worldwide portable PC shipments.
Global PC market in Q4 2005
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