IDC reports that despite the poor economy and economic pressure the PC industry is doing well thanks to a boost from low cost PCs and netbooks. IDC reports that worldwide PC shipments are projected to grow by 15.7% in 2008 to 311 million units. IDC expects growth to remain in the double digits throughout 2011 and drop to 9% in 2012.
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Total PC shipments in 2012 are expected to be over 482 million units. In Q2 2008 Japan saw growth rates in the industry drop to under 14% after gains of almost 20% for the last few years. While Asian growth is slowing IDC reports Western Europe is seeing huge increases in growth with 23% up from 12% in 2007.
"The right way to gauge the success of consumer PCs is no longer the adoption rate of households with PCs, or even the number of PCs per household, but rather the number of machines per individual," said Bob O'Donnell, vice president, Clients and Displays. "The increasing form factor diversity in notebooks as well as desktops is enabling people to justify multiple PC purchases. In the commercial space, companies continue to see the value of refreshing their PCs and are maintaining surprisingly healthy purchasing patterns."
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