China surpasses US as biggest PC sales market in Q2 2011

The United States has always been the single biggest market for PC sales, for many reasons. Now, a new study from IDC reports that for the first time China has exceeded the US in PC sales for the second quarter of 2011. IDC says that 18.5 million PC units shipped to China during the quarter compared to just 17.7 million units for the US. That means that, at least for the second quarter, China had 22 percent of the world's PC market compared to 21 percent in the US.

However that achievement for China might be short lived. IDC says that for the entire year of 2011, the United States is still expected to ship 73.5 million units of PCs compared to 72.4 million in China. Part of the reason is that the holiday shopping season in the US should see a surge in PC sales along with a sales decline in China predicted in the third quarter of 2011. China is still expected to exceed the US in PC sales in 2012. IDC predicts that next year 85.2 million PC units should ship in China versus just 76.6 million units in the US. The numbers include shipments of desktops, notebooks and mini-notebooks. The IDC numbers don't include shipments of tablet products or servers.

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most people in the USA have computers already and dont plan on upgrading soon, China has huge untapped markets for computers

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
most people in the USA have computers already and dont plan on upgrading soon, China has huge untapped markets for computers

Don't plan on upgrading soon? Article said "IDC says that for the entire year of 2011, the United States is still expected to ship 73.5 million units of PCs compared to 72.4 million in China."

What is soon to you?

Anooxy said,

Don't plan on upgrading soon? Article said "IDC says that for the entire year of 2011, the United States is still expected to ship 73.5 million units of PCs compared to 72.4 million in China."

What is soon to you?

lost of corporations have 3-4yr refresh cycles... most families dont buy PC's even that frequently

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
most people in the USA have computers already and dont plan on upgrading soon, China has huge untapped markets for computers
Agreed.

Anooxy said,

What about the economy (which is the key factor tbh).


How is it the key factor? If you want to bring up economy, then the US doing pretty well for having 330% less people and "keeping up" with China. My view is the opposite. I think it's pretty lousy that China is only now surpassing the US in these sales given how many more people there are in China to buy them *in a booming economy*.

Xenosion said,

How is it the key factor? If you want to bring up economy, then the US doing pretty well for having 330% less people and "keeping up" with China. My view is the opposite. I think it's pretty lousy that China is only now surpassing the US in these sales given how many more people there are in China to buy them *in a booming economy*.

'booming economy' just means their economy is raising faster than the US. You should check US GDP against China's GDP and see the difference.

Even with less people the US has a higher economy, which means the average person can easily afford to buy new PCs. If anything's it's Chinese people who can't afford buying new PCs every year or so.

Anooxy said,

'booming economy' just means their economy is raising faster than the US. You should check US GDP against China's GDP and see the difference.

Even with less people the US has a higher economy, which means the average person can easily afford to buy new PCs. If anything's it's Chinese people who can't afford buying new PCs every year or so.


No it does not mean that the average person can easily afford it. It is absurd to come to that narrow conclusion from such a vague statistic.

Even so, the numbers here of a projected 73 million Americans buying a new PC mean that one in every four Americans is purchasing a PC.