Indians buy fewer computers, sales drop 7 percent

July 14th, 2009 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Slowdown-hit Indians bought fewer personal computers including notebooks and netbooks last fiscal, according to the hardware industry’s representative body.
Sales declined 7 percent to 6.79 million units from 7.34 million units in 2007-08, the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) said here Tuesday.

According to MAIT, the slowdown impacted the notebook segment the most, which saw sales decreasing 17 percent in 2008-09 as compared to an increase of 114 percent the previous fiscal.

Desktop sales slipped 4 percent.

“The industry expects 7-8 percent growth this year. Consumer sentiment was subdued due to uncertainty in the economy in 2008-09,” said MAIT executive director Vinnie Mehta.

“However, we expect sales to pick up this year,” Mehta told reporters while releasing the annual report on the hardware industry’s performance last fiscal.

Internet users in the country increased to 8.6 million in 2008-09 compared to 7.2 million in the previous year.

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