Analysts: global PC-market growth tops 26 per cent

Analysts: global PC-market growth tops 26 per cent

The worldwide PC market grew by more than 26 per cent during this year's second quarter compared to the same period in 1998, two market researchers announced separately on Monday.

Preliminary estimates released today by Dataquest (a unit of GartnerGroup) and International Data Corporation (IDC) offered mostly similar numbers, with Dataquest citing 26.4 per cent growth for the global PC arena and IDC putting the number at 27 per cent.

Worldwide shipments reached 25.6 million, reflecting a 2.5 per cent drop from the first quarter, according to IDC. Dataquest put that figure at 25.3 million.

According to Dataquest, all of the "top-tier" vendors -- Compaq, Dell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Gateway 2000 -- enjoyed global shipment growth of 30 per cent or more over last year's second quarter, with Dell and IBM topping the list at 50 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively.

Compaq, meanwhile, had the most worldwide shipments in the second quarter this year with almost 3.5 million in Dataquest's findings, or more than 3.7 million in IDC's estimate.

In the US, however, Compaq's lead was quite narrow, with 1.798 million shipments compared to second-placed Dell's 1.768 million, according to IDC. Dataquest put Compaq's number at 1.679 million and Dell's at 1.646 million. IDC credited Dell's 55 per cent unit-volume increase for narrowing the gap.

However, shipment growth in this year's second quarter does not necessarily reflect growing end-user demand, Dataquest said in its statement. During second quarter 1998 companies were cutting back on shipments to reduce inventory build-up in the channel from the previous quarter, according to Dataquest. Both the IDC and Dataquest numbers represent shipments through reseller and distribution channels, not actual purchases.

IDC credited strong end-user demand and the "free PC" movement for the increased shipments this year, while Dataquest cited lower prices, the Internet and a generally better economic situation.http://www.idc.com

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