PC Briefs: PC sales, Iomega

PC Briefs: PC sales, Iomega

Gartner: 100 million PC sales this year

Replacement purchases will drive worldwide PC shipments to 186.4 million units in 2004, a 13.6 per cent increase from last year, according to a forecast by Gartner. The analyst has predicted almost 100 million PCs would be replaced in 2004 and nearly 120 million more in 2005. The volume of replacements this year and next year would surpass the number of systems replaced in the run-up to Y2K in 1998 and 1999, it suggested. Principal analyst for Gartner’s client platforms research, George Shiffler, said first quarter results suggested the Y2K replacement cycle vendors had been anticipating for a year was under way. “More than 30 per cent of installed PCs are now at least three years old. Many, if not most of these PCs, are using older Windows operating systems (OS) that are no longer supported or are about to lose full technical support,” he said.

Brown takes retail role

With half of Iomega’s business in Australia and New Zealand coming from mass merchant sales, the data storage provider has hired a retail specialist to address the market. Peter Brown has stepped into the role and will work with established retail partners including Officeworks, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith PowerHouse.

His new job will involve striking up new retail relationships, he said, as well as managing retail partner demands and dealing with issues on price protection, and sale and return policies. Brown has experience in consumer electronics and hails from Epson, where he was in charge of volume and consumer products. He has also worked at Sanyo Australia and Philips Australia in similar roles. In his new post, Brown is pitching the Rev removable hard disk storage line, as well as a range of other offerings including optical gear.

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