PC shipments up 15.5% in third quarter

Worldwide PC shipments grew by 15.5% in the third quarter of 2007, says analyst IDC.

Worldwide PC shipments grew by 15.5% in the third quarter of 2007, says analyst IDC.

Most regions continued to grow close to the pace of recent quarters, but Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) saw a significant increase in portable PC demand, said the analyst.

Across regions, strong consumer and SME demand was supported by back-to-school promotions. A strong Euro and rising investment throughout EMEA helped accelerate the overall market, pushing global growth to rates not seen since the end of 2005, IDC said.

"The appeal of portable PCs in all regions continues to propel the PC market at a remarkable pace and sets the stage for a very strong fourth quarter," said Loren Loverde, an analyst at IDC.

"Falling costs, aggressive vendor competition, and rising commercial spending in all regions, along with relatively low penetration and rising consumer income in emerging markets, will sustain high growth over the next couple years," said Loverde.

HP continued to build on its lead in the market, with much stronger growth than rival Dell. The top five PC suppliers by shipments in order are HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba.

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