PC sales have rebounded from a weak Q1 in 2009 to achieve positive sequential growth for the April to June period, according to IDC.
“Overall in the more mature economies we were forecasting single digit positive growth from the first quarter to the second and we are in line with that number,” IDC PC analyst, Felipe Rego said. “We are looking roughly between six and eight per cent sequential growth. It is still very preliminary numbers but we are on track for closing near those numbers.”
The news comes after Asia-Pacific results showed a 19 per cent quarter-on-quarter rise for 8 per cent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of the 2009 calendar year to hit 19.9 million units shipped; beating forecasts by six per cent.
Last week, IDC reported strong interest in portable computers, including netbooks and laptops, helped mitigate the effects of the recession, though worldwide PC shipments still fell by 3.1 per cent from the same quarter a year earlier, to 66 million units. IDC had originally projected a drop of 6.3 per cent.
For year-on-year the Australian market is expected to remain in negative territory for the April to June period due to large enterprises delaying spend.
“It is very timid though with only a two per cent decline,” Rego said. “Q3 generally is a little bit slower but I have been speaking to a few vendors and they mentioned that things are starting to pick up. There is not any major seasonality driver in the third quarter but the interesting thing is Q4 happens to be still in line with our forecast.”
This forecast is for 10 per cent year-on-year growth, a significant upswing from the start of the calendar year where Q1 posted a three per cent decline.
Rego added that the consumer sector hadn’t experienced a major decline since the economic downturn began.