Worldwide PC shipments to reach 334 million in 2010, with a value of US$271.1 billion

Worldwide PC shipments grew by a healthy 12.6% in the first quarter of 2006 – ahead of March projections of 11.8% growth, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. PC shipment growth was 15.1% in 2004 and 16% in 2005. 

The outlook for shipment growth in 2006 is 10.8% while the outlook for 2007 was boosted to 11.7%.

  • First quarter growth in the United States and Western Europe fell by roughly 1% more than projected. However growth in Asia/Pacific and the Rest Of World regions surpassed IDC's March projections.
  • Total worldwide PC shipment volume is expected to reach 284.5 million in 2008 and 333.7 million in 2010 with a value of US$253.9 billion, and US$271.1 billion, respectively.
  • The total value of worldwide PC shipments is expected to increase by 3-5% annually through the end of the forecast to 2010. The shift to Portable PCs is a key factor in value growth. Desktop growth in emerging regions as well as the introduction of dual core processors is also contributing.

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