Analyst IDC has raised its forecast for PC sales this year as a result of a more buoyant market than expected.
IDC now predicts that total PC shipments will grow worldwide by 11.4% in 2005, to 199.2 million units, and forecasts a 9% rise to 217 million units in 2006.
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The analyst’s March report predicted worldwide growth of 9.7% for 2005 and 8.6% in 2006.
IDC said all markets had shown a greater overall improvement in the first quarter of the year, and that total shipments had been helped by greater than expected sales in smaller volume markets such as
Big increases in shipments of consumer laptops in particular had driven Western European market growth, said IDC.