PC shipments continue slide in 1Q

April 16, 2009 8:44:05 AM PDT
Two technology research groups say worldwide personal computer shipments fell in the first quarter. Framingham, Mass.-based IDC says shipments sank 7.1 percent year-over-year worldwide, while in the U.S. shipments dropped 3.1 percent. IDC was looking for even steeper declines.

IDC and Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. say low U.S. prices and surging consumer interest in small, inexpensive netbooks helped keep the market afloat.

The netbook push helped Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest PC maker, beat Dell Inc. for the top spot in the U.S., both groups report.

IDC predicts declines for the next two quarters, but says the sector could turn around by the end of the year. Gartner says it's unclear whether the PC market has hit bottom.


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