PC sales up says IDC

PC sales for the last quarter of the year are up almost 17% on the same quarter the previous year, according to research company IDC.

PC sales for the last quarter of the year are up almost 17% on the same quarter the previous year, according to figures from research company IDC.

And sales for the year were up almost 10% from 2001 with 363,250 units shipping in New Zealand.

Hewlett-Packard leads the way in all segments (desktop, notebook and Intel-based servers) although IBM has made something of a surge taking the number two slot. Dell and Toshiba were third and fourth respectively with local assembler The PC Company coming in at number five.

The Tablet PC is already making itself felt in the market, IDC says, with three key industries - health, research and finance - testing units in advance of a broader roll out next year.

IDC says this year will see the first major refresh of systems since the Y2K spending spree of late 1999, although this may be tempered by the possibility of war in the Middle East and the uncertain market conditions that generates.

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