PC shipments up

Gartner has encouraging news for the IT industry, as it reports that worldwide PC shipments totalled 34.5 million units in Q1 2003, up 5.5% from the same period last year.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 22, 2003

Gartner has encouraging news for the IT industry, as it reports that worldwide PC shipments totalled 34.5 million units in Q1 2003, up 5.5% from the same period last year.

"Worldwide first quarter 2003 results were slightly ahead of expectations, but even so do not signal a major return to buying. Aggressive price cutting was an important factor in maintaining PC shipment growth during the first quarter," says Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner's computing platforms worldwide group.

"The PC market felt some impact from the outbreak of hostilities in Iraq in the second half of March, following generally better-than-expected performances in January and February. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) did not play a major factor in the growth levels on a worldwide basis."

Dell topped the PC shipments worldwide chart, and it experienced the strongest growth rate among the top-tier vendors. Hewlett-Packard slipped into second spot as its shipments declined 5.7% in the first quarter.

"Dell successfully executed in several target countries, including United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan, as well as achieving consistent growth in its home territory of the United States," Smulders said.

HP had a more difficult quarter, particularly in the United States and EMEA. The merger with Compaq remains as a work in progress, but Gartner says it sees signs of progress.

IBM, Toshiba, which registered nearly 20% market growth, and NEC rounded out the top five.

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