PC resellers are not about to break out the champagne just yet, but according to channel research company Inform the market is holding steady and showing signs of promise.
Inform's research states that while the indirect PC market only grew 3 per cent over December, it grew 7 per cent compared to January 2001.
But it was notebooks that have analysts excited, with a monthly growth of 12 per cent in January over December, and an annual growth rate soaring to 28 per cent.
The desktop market in January was worth $216 million. Inform said sales in the month were consumer-led, overflowing from December's Christmas demand. As such, prices in this sector remained higher than average; in fact, 11 per cent higher than in January 2001, due primarily to the prevalence of the P4 chipset and an inclination to associated sales of third-party monitors.