Worldwide PC growth slowing down

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has revised its predicted figures for worldwide PC sales growth for the year 2000 to 2001, dropping it from 10.3% to 5.8%.

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 10, 2001

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has revised its predicted figures for worldwide PC sales growth for the year 2000 to 2001, dropping it from 10.3% to only 5.8%. The performance was strongly affected by a weaker U.S. market, which saw a 6.3% decline during the same period.

According to the report, factors contributing to slower growth outside the United States include falling consumer spending in Western Europe and declining growth in Asian markets following two years of extremely high growth. The report also stated that "markets in Canada and Latin America will slow somewhat in the wake of a weaker U.S. economy, and poor conditions in Turkey continue to pull down growth in the Middle East."

"With the United States clearly in the tank right now, the question is to what extent Europe and Asia will follow," said Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
"The commercial segment in Western Europe is showing some promise, but the consumer segment looks more shaky. The heavily export-dependent countries in Asia could also be vulnerable to the U.S. slowdown, although low penetration rates in many countries leaves room for double-digit growth for the foreseeable future."

Throughout the first quarter, commercial shipments in the United States held up reasonably well, achieving mid-single-digit growth rates. However, IDC went on to say taht it believes commercial spending will be reduced more dramatically during the rest of the year, as declines in consumer spending spill over into the commercial segment.

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