Q1 Irish PC shipments up 13 per cent



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1 April 2005 | 0

The Irish PC market has seen a 13 per cent increase in shipments in the first quarter of 2004 over the same period last year, according to preliminary figures from research firm IDC.

Growth in desktop shipments (6.3 per cent year on year) has been sustained by an uplift in corporate renewals as ageing PC infrastructure purchased 3-4 years ago comes up for a refresh, says Ian Gibbs, a senior analyst at IDC. ‘Corporate renewals have been slow over the last year or so as large businesses have sought to strecth PC lifecycles, but an uplift in activity has been seen here in Q1,’ he said.

Notebooks shipments registered by far the biggest increase (nearly 40 per cent year on year) thanks to a combination of new year sales to consumers and demand for business notebooks from small and medium sized businesses, according to Gibbs.

The overall 13.3 per cent year-on-year growth in the Irish PC market exceeds IDC’s forecasts by just under 2 per cent. These latest figures tally roughly with the latest PC shipment numbers for EMEA Q1 from both IDC and Gartner.

EMEA PC market remained strong in the first quarter of 2004 PC sales in EMEA for recorded a 20 per cent growth in 1Q04 compared, according to preliminary data from IDC. The firm says PC sales in the region were boosted by an uplift in business spending while aggressive pricing, assisted by the strength of the euro, continued to stimulate consumer and SMB demand.

Gartner’s EMEA PC market figures for Q1 registered a 17 per cent increase in PC sales compared with the same period in 2003. The firm said the increase was primarily driven by favourable prices and a strong demand for professional desk based and notebook PCs.


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