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Gartner claims increase in PC market

While the entire market has gone up and down like a roller-coaster in recent times, the market for desktop PCs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has been stagnant. Until now. KitGuru pulls out an abacus and checks some Gartner numbers.

If Gartner has the number right, then the worldwide market for PCs increased 1.9% in the first quarter of this year. That's a nice drop of good news against a backdrop of 3 years of grief and suffering for the once-vibrant industry.

Traditionally, that growth would have been driven by Eastern Europe. On this occasion, the increase for EMEA has been reported at a very healthy 6.7%

So how do these numbers breakdown across the globe, between the Americas, EMEA and APAC (Asia – Pacific)?  Well the split is about as even as we can ever remember:-

  • 30.5m Rest of the World (including Americas)
  • 30.3m APAC (including India & China)
  • 28.2m EMEA
Speaking about the new numbers, Mikako Kitagaawa (Principal Analyst) said, “While the PC industry has high expectations for strong growth in the emerging markets, the slowdown of these countries in this quarter provides a cautionary notice to vendors that the future growth for the PC industry cannot heavily depend on the emerging markets even though PC penetration in these regions is low”.
Biggest losers?  Well the USA has dropped 3.5% and Latin America was down 3.2% – while China and India were just described as ‘below expectation'.
Figures, figures everywhere and we haven't had a drop to drink
KitGuru says: Any positive news in this situation should be celebrated.
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