Cheap PCs are helping to maintain the growth rate for the number of machines sold worldwide, but the dollar value of revenue growth is expected to slow down this year, according to a Dataquest report.
Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to grow 15.6 per cent in 1998, while PC revenue will grow only 6.4 per cent, according to Dataquest. This compares with 16 per cent growth for shipments and 8.3 per cent growth in revenue for 1997.
PC shipments are forecast to reach 93.1 million units in 1998, while revenue is projected to approach $US166 billion this year.
Despite the Asian economic crisis, Asia-Pacific PC shipments will grow 23 per cent with shipments reaching 11.8 million units. Revenue for the Asia-Pacific region is forecast to grow 17 per cent.
The impact of the crisis varies tremendously by country, said Bruce McCabe, senior industry analyst in Dataquest's Asia-Pacific Personal Computer program.
Southeast Asia and Korea have been the hardest hit, with Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong in the moderately impacted category, he said.
The US will continue to be the top-selling region, with shipments reaching 35.2 million units, up from 30.3 million units in 1997.