PC Sales Up, But Users Want Something Snazzy

Thanks youm0nt...Worldwide PC shipments for 2002 and 2003 will rise, but lack of compelling technologies and worries about the economy are causing users to hang on to their older computers, putting a damper on industry recovery, according to market research company Dataquest.

PC shipments are expected to reach 127.3 million units this year, up 1.8 percent from last year, according to a recent forecast by Dataquest, a unit of Gartner. Next year, PC shipments are forecast to grow 7 percent compared to this year's shipments, the company said. The numbers indicate some recovery in spending for PCs, and are healthier than the 4.2 percent decline in shipments that occurred in 2001. However, they are a far cry from the double digit-growth in PC shipments experienced in the late 1990s, according to Dataquest analysts.

PC buyers are still concerned about the economy, according to George Shiffler, principal analyst for Dataquest's computing platforms and economics research. "There is growth but not strong growth, and in fact it's a pretty marked slowdown from 1999 to 2000, when users went on a year-2000 buying binge," Shiffler said. PC shipment growth in 2000 was 13.6 percent, he said.

"The PCs bought during the buying binge are due to be replaced, but the sticky wicket is that users may be hanging on to them longer than they normally would because they are worried about the economy," he said.

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News source: PCWorld

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