Computer sales up 7 percent in January-March quarter

June 12th, 2009 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Personal computer (PC) sales in India were up 7 percent in the first three months of this year over the last quarter of 2008 but were still about 19 percent less compared to the year-ago period, according to an IT media house report.
“A total of 16,79,000 units of client PCs (desktops and notebooks) were shipped during the January-March quarter of 2009,” said a report from IDC India, a subsidiary of CyberMedia, a leading IT publication.

According to the IDC report, in spite of the overall subdued market, the total installed base of PCs in India surged past the 36-million units mark.

“Moving forward, hardware in general and PC shipments in particular will continue to remain under pressure,” said IDC India country manager Kapil Dev Singh.

Desktop PC shipments of 1,213,000 units registered a sequential growth of 9 percent (quarter-on-quarter), while notebook PC shipments of 466,000 units recorded a growth of 3 percent.

Of the top five PC vendors, the leading player Hewlett-Packard increased its market share from 15.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 18.2 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

Dell and Lenovo faced a tough first quarter, with sales dipping considerably during the period under review.

Dell’s market share dipped from 11 percent to 9.7 percent, while Lenovo’s slipped from 6.6 percent to 4.7 percent.

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