Market analyst group IDC has forecast 15.2 per cent unit growth in worldwide PC sales by the end of the current quarter. According to recently released data, Asian markets are leading the growth with a predicted market expansion of 25 per cent.
The Japanese market is described as "hot" with a forecast growth of 41 per cent partially stimulated by new tax legislation.
IDC attributes much of the growth in Asia as generally driven by lower price points, and government sponsored programs in countries like Korea aimed at promoting PC uptake.
According to IDC, this growth will be consumer rather than corporate driven, with a 50 per cent year-on-year growth rate predicted in some areas.
Western Europe by comparison is described as "sluggish" after a Q1 year-on-year growth of only 8 per cent. However, the expansion of the Internet, employee purchase programs and aggressive retail pricing should see this figure rise as high as 16 per cent for Q2.
Elsewhere the Latin American market is expected to continue what is described as "impressive expansion".