New Zealanders spent $1.28 billion on PCs in 2001, according to market researcher IDC.
They bought a total of just more than 330,000 machines, about 700 fewer than the year before.
Despite a downward trend in PC prices and the slightly lower number sold, the amount spent in 2001 is up on the year before by almost 5%, says IDC analyst Darian Bird. That’s accounted for by the fact that more people are buying comparatively expensive portable systems and server-class PCs.
“Portable sales were up 9.4% in 2001 and servers up 19.6%,” says Bird, who expects the popularity of portables to continue to grow.
Compaq dominated the overall market (with 22.7% share) and the desktop and PC server segments during 2001, while Toshiba led the portables segment.
Hewlett-Packard, which is in the throes of trying to persuade shareholders and regulators that it should merge with Compaq, was the second biggest PC seller overall.
Hamilton-based PC Company was ranked fifth in the market during 2001.