Dataquest: Asian PC market on road to recovery

Dataquest: Asian PC market on road to recovery

PC shipments in the Asia-Pacific region reached 2.72 million for the first quarter this year, up 19 per cent (previously 2.28 million) from the same quarter last year, according to market researcher Dataquest.

The enforcement of strong government fiscal policies is driving the region's recovery, according to Dataquest analyst Ian Bertram. Demand for the PC is growing as countries ship less expensive products and stabilise their exchange rates, he said in a statement.

Vendor revenue in the region also rose 19 per cent, Dataquest reported. Improved economic conditions have lifted the region almost to the level it was before the Asian economic crisis.

China led the region in unit shipments for the first quarter, with 887,013 units, a 49 per cent increase from 597,209 in the year-ago quarter. India saw the second-highest number of PC shipments with 152,994 units, up 28 per cent from last year's 119,771 shipments.

Indonesia practically doubled its shipment of PCs during the first quarter, with 54,905 units, up 99 per cent from last year's 27,593 shipments.

Singapore was the only country to show a slump from last year. During the first quarter, Singapore shipped 93,380 units, down 9 per cent from last year's 103,350 shipments. However, Singapore's PC shipments were 13 per cent higher than in the previous quarter.

While the business, home and education markets are investing more in PCs, government spending showed the strongest year-over-year growth with a 24 per cent increase. Government spending on PCs was highest in Indonesia and Korea, which rose 106 per cent and 780 per cent, respectively.

Growing 29 per cent, the mobile PC market outpaced the desktop market, which saw an 18 per cent increase. However, the desktop market still makes up 88 per cent of the region's total PC market.

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