PC Shipments to Hit 230 Million Units This Year - Gartner, IDC Report

Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to total 233.7 million units in 2006, a 10.5% increase from 2005, however worldwide PC revenue is expected to reach $198.3 billion, a 2.5% decline, according to a preliminary forecast by Gartner, Inc.

Total PC shipments worldwide exceeded 52 million units and growth was 9.8% for the second quarter, 0.6% behind expectations, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Despite the slower second quarter, IDC expects the second half of 2006 to be strong enough to maintain 10.5% growth for the year, reaching 229.7 million.

The bulk of portable PC adoption – the leading market driver – remains concentrated in the more mature markets. As a result, there's plenty of opportunity for PC companies to grow, but they need to adequately target the growth segments in each region, says IDC.

PC Manufacturers to Face Increased Competition from Consumer Electronics This Holiday Season, says Gartner. The battle between PCs and LCD TVs in particular is likely to be especially intense over the holiday season given that LCD TVs will almost certainly be backed by aggressive holiday marketing and even lower prices.

U.S. and Worldwide PC Shipments and Growth, 2004-2008

Region

2004

2005

2006*

2007*

2008*

USA Units (M)

         

Consumer

21.8

23.6

25.6

28.0

30.5

Commercial

36.5

40.3

42.2

45.9

51.5

Total

58.3

63.9

67.8

73.9

82.0

Worldwide Units (M)

         

Consumer

64.9

78.6

88.5

100.1

111.7

Commercial

114.4

129.3

141.3

157.2

176.1

Total

179.2

207.8

229.7

257.4

287.8

USA Growth (%)

         

Consumer

 

8.3%

8.5%

9.2%

9.1%

Commercial

 

10.4%

4.9%

8.8%

12.1%

Total

 

9.6%

6.2%

9.0%

10.9%

Worldwide Growth (%)

         

Consumer

 

21.1%

12.6%

13.2%

11.5%

Commercial

 

13.0%

9.3%

11.3%

12.0%

Total

 

16.0%

10.5%

12.0%

11.8%


*Forecast data 
(Shipments are in millions of units)
PCs include Desktop, Notebook, Ultra Portable, and x86 Server and do not include handhelds.
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, June 2006

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