Laptop sales pass desktops in Gulf

Notebook sales in the Gulf overtook those of desktop computers for the first time last year, according to figures from research group IDC.

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By  Administrator Published  May 10, 2007

Notebook sales in the Gulf overtook those of desktop computers for the first time last year, according to figures from research group IDC.

Shipments of notebooks shot up 61% in 2006 to over 1.25 million units, compared to just a 9.8% increase, up to 883,000 units shipped, for desktops, according to IDC's figures.

Demand for notebooks came from the consumer, home office/small office (Soho) and small and medium-sized business (SMB) sectors, with a large number of units sold through retail, the researcher said.

"Growth in the notebook market is being driven by a number of factors: the trend towards mobility; the expansion in wireless connectivity; the difference in price between desktops and notebooks has become minimal; and vendors' notebook product offerings are now more comprehensive," Omar Shihab, IDC research manager for PCs and systems, told IT Weekly last week.

The Gulf's two biggest markets, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, led the notebook market with year-on-year growth of 65% and 56% respectively. Over half a million notebooks were shipped in each country, making up around 86% of all units sold in the Gulf last year, according to IDC.

On the desktop side, the UAE continued to show healthy growth of 22.2%, but in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's largest market for desktops, shipments actually dropped 1.3%.

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