IDC ups UK PC sales forecast after consumer desktop rebound

IDC has upped its sales forecasts for the UK PC market on the back of better than expected demand for consumer desktops and notebooks. This rather pours cold water on the significance of the corporate client refresh which some manufacturers are banking on in the second half of the year. The analys

IDC has upped its sales forecasts for the UK PC market on the back of better than expected demand for consumer desktops and notebooks.

This rather pours cold water on the significance of the corporate client refresh which some manufacturers are banking on in the second half of the year. 

The analyst has pushed up its earlier annual shipment estimates from 13.2 million units to 13.9 million, as it now expects desktop sales to rise 12.5% compared to a decline of 3% and notebooks to grow 22% up from 17%.

"After four years of declining trends in consumer desktops the market rebounded in Q1 driven by All-In-Ones and standard towers," said Eszter Morvay, research director at IDC.

In the most recent quarterly results, Dell said it was already seeing signs of the corporate market upgrading aging PC fleets.

IDC has also upgraded its commercial desktop forecast; previously it expected the market to drop 10% this year but now anticipates sales will be flat with 2009 but halved sales estimates for business notebooks from 6% growth to 3%.

"The SME space, which is mostly purchasing notebooks, is still very weak as businesses are still struggling with credit issues and the uncertainty of the new Government," said Morvay.

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