PC Market Hits Record Growth in Q1; Asian OEMs Surge as Acer Closes Gap with HP

Driven by booming sales among Asian OEMs, global PC shipments surged by 22.7 percent in the first quarter, marking the highest year-over-year growth ever recorded by iSuppli Corp.

Shipments in the first quarter totaled 81.5 million units, up from 66.5 million during the same period in 2009.

“The first three months of 2010 delivered the highest quarterly PC shipment growth on a year-over-year basis since iSuppli began tracking the market in 2003,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms at iSuppli. “This record growth resulted from strong sales in the first quarter of 2010 combined with weak conditions during the first three months of 2009. Early 2009 represented one of the weakest periods in the history of the PC market, as consumer and corporate demand plunged due to the economic downturn. With economic conditions improving, PC sales rebounded in early 2010.”

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