Netbook Shipments Grow As Notebook Market Revenue Declines

Posted: Oct 12 2009, 11:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:47pm CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

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Many notebook makers are still bemoaning the fact that consumers are flocking to netbooks rather than buying more expensive notebook computers. Research firm DisplaySearch has reported that as netbook sales are climbing, overall market revenue for the notebook market is declining.

Netbooks gained significant growth in the firm's latest report with a quarterly growth of 37% and a year over year growth of 264%. The total notebook market was worth $26.4 billion, 10% more than the previous quarter. However, that number represents a 5% yearly decline compared to the same quarter last year.

Other than netbooks, only portable categories with screens 13" to 16" posted growth. I still can’t help but wonder if consumers would be buying notebooks at all if netbooks weren’t available. The netbook is being blamed for killing the notebook industry by some, but at the same time, I think it is helping the industry because people are actually buying them during the poor economy.

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