IDC: Worst may be over for Asian PC market

IDC: Worst may be over for Asian PC market

The PC market in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region showed encouraging growth from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2001 when the number of PCs shipped in the region increased 5.6 per cent, indicating that the worst may be over for the region's markets, according to IDC.

This is the second quarter PC shipments have grown, with figures declining significantly in the first half of 2001, said Manny Lopez, Hong Kong-based market analyst for personal systems research at IDC Asia-Pacific. However, it may be premature to expect full PC market recovery in the region, he said.

PC shipments grew 1.9 per cent year on year, showing a modest increase to 5.65 million units shipped last quarter from 5.54 million units in the fourth quarter of 2000, IDC said.

Markets that did well in the fourth quarter include Australia and Taiwan, both growing 9.6 per cent, with Korea showing high seasonal growth with 22.8 per cent increase in PC sales, quarter-on-quarter, said Lopez.

China saw PC shipments increase by 6 per cent in the fourth quarter from the third quarter, while Singapore and New Zealand grew marginally at 2.8 per cent and 1.6 per cent respectively, IDC figures showed. All other markets in the region continued to show a decline in PC sales.

According to IDC, Dell Computer had the highest growth among PC vendors, with a 20.6 per cent increase in PC sales in fourth quarter in 2001 from the year before. Legend Group Holdings, China's largest PC maker, grew 8.5 per cent in 2001 compared to the same quarter the previous year, followed closely by Compaq Computer, which grew 8.4 per cent.

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