According to a recent market analysis conducted by IT research company Gartner, PC sales have increased by almost 24 percent in the first quarter of 2010, thanks to the rise in IT spending of companies, which had significantly fallen during the recession.
The data released by Gartner indicated that PC makers had managed to ship 79.1 million units of desktops and laptops during Q1'10, as compared to last year's figure of 63.7 million units in the same quarter.
Commenting on the results of the research, Mikako Kitagawa, the principal analyst at Gartner said in a statement that “The stronger-than-expected growth was led by a robust recovery in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) PC market, which grew 24.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2010. Although the US and Latin America were slightly lower.”
Hewlett-Packard, which is on the verge of launching its own Windows 7 based tablet PC device, emerged as the global leader in PC sales, but had a lower global shipment growth rate.
Surprisingly, Acer registered 54.3 percent growth in its global shipments from Q1'09 to Q1'10. Lenovo witnessed an increase of 59.2 percent in its global PC sales in Q1'10, while ASUS and Toshiba shared the fifth position in the global PC sales market.
Far eastern companies are doing extremely well due to lower costs. Acer is emerging as a formidable competitor but one that is pulling the market down by demanding that the other competitors slash their profit margins or perish.