Preliminary figures from research house IDC Corp show that PC sales picked up in Q3 and surged in the last quarter of last year. Singapore saw 133,460 PCs - including desktops, notebooks and x86 servers - shipped in Q4 last year, up a resounding 11.7% over Q4 2002 and up almost 14% over Q3 2003, according to IDC. As for this year, IDC estimates desktop PC shipments to rise 2.4% - and notebook PCs to go up 4.1% - in Singapore over 2003. PC shipments in Q4 last year were slightly better than in the previous quarter in Singapore. In Q3 2003, PC shipments rose 11% quarter-on-quarter and 16% year-on-year.