Research firm IDC is projecting that the PC market has bottomed out and is now poised for double-digit growth rates powered by laptops and netbooks. Most of the action, however, will be abroad as the U.S. PC market is expected to grow at a single-digit growth rate.
Among the notable trends:
- Desktop shipments will continue to decline, but there are signs of a rebound. Increased desktop shipments may indicate IT spending is coming back.
- Portable PCs are carrying the day growing at a 16.8 percent clip in 2009 in the U.S. and 15.5 percent globally.
- The U.S. PC market will be mired in single-digit growth rates. For instance, U.S. PC shipments are expected to be up 6 percent in 2010 and 9 percent in 2011. In 2013, U.S. PC shipment growth is expected to be 4.1 percent.
Here's a look at IDC's forecasts (statement):