Gartner raises UK PC sales forecast

The rebounding UK PC market has caused Gartner to up its forecasts for 2010 as the corporate refresh and continued consumer spending buoys sales. Initially the analyst expected UK shipments to grow 14% but has raised this to 19% representing 14.7 million units, while revenues are tipped to climb 6

The rebounding UK PC market has caused Gartner to up its forecasts for 2010 as the corporate refresh and continued consumer spending buoys sales.


Initially the analyst expected UK shipments to grow 14% but has raised this to 19% representing 14.7 million units, while revenues are tipped to climb 6% to €7bn, up from 2% due largely to exchange rate fluctuations.


Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner told MicroScope 2009 was a poor year: "Nevertheless if you compare the hardware market to software and telco, the bounce back is clearer."


The commercial segment will come back online driven by a refresh of aging machines and the switch to Windows 7, while the consumer space will continue to hold up, he added.


The industry will be driven "overwhelmingly" by mobile PCs, said Gartner and according to Atwal portables will account for nearly 75% of all UK shipments by 2012, up slightly higher than the 70% forecast for the global product mix.


The analyst said on a worldwide basis that mobile PCs would "drive" 90% of PC growth over the next three years.


The 2010 worldwide PC market forecast set out by Gartner has shipments up 19.7% to 366 million units while revenues are tipped to rise 12.2% to $245bn.


In EMEA, 105 million PCs are expected to be sold this year, up 14% while revenues are predicted to reach €53bn, up just 1%.

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