While growth in worldwide consumer PC shipments slipped to less than 8% in the third quarter of 2004 from a peak of over 25% a year ago, growth in commercial shipments of 15.9% was down only onepercent from a four and one half year high of 16.9% in the first half of 2004, and was up from 13.5% a year ago. Commercial growth is expected to slow in 2005 as the recent recovery matures, butshould remain at a relatively robust 11.3% vs. projected consumer growth of only 8%. Total shipments are expected to reach 195.1 million in 2005 on growth of 10.1%, with total shipment value growingby 3.9% to $201 billion. “We’ve expected the market to slow from peak recovery in 2004 since mid-2001,” said Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. “However, despite the relatively weak consumer market, commercial and portable demand continue to drive growth.” “The continuing market growth provides an excellent environment for Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s PC division,” added Alan Promisel, Mobile Computing analyst at IDC. “Lenovo gains the global reach and scale to compete internationally while strengthening its position in relatively high growth commercial and portable markets.” Regional Outlook: — United States –… Read full this story
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