Asia Pacific PC sales down five pct in first quarter: report

April 20, 2009

Sales of personal computers in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan fell five percent in the first quarter from the previous year as a global economic slump hurt demand, a report said Monday.

However, strong sales of portable PCs in markets like China, Hong Kong and Taiwan limited the overall decline and kept total shipments close to forecasts during the quarter, industry research firm IDC said.

"Even though the quarter was soft, it was somewhat relieving to see that the region's market was able to hold up to forecasts... especially compared to a dismal ," said IDC analyst Bryan Ma.

But he said the market was not out of the woods yet.

"The economy is still showing mixed signals, and recent political instability in markets like Thailand created further uncertainty," he said, referring to recent anti-government riots in Bangkok.

"Commercial buying is thus still likely to remain questionable this year, but hopefully consumer portables can help offset that."

Although overall computer shipments were down, sales for portable PCs rose 12 percent from the previous year, the report said.

Chinese computer giant remained the maket leader with a 16.9 percent market share, followed by US rivals Hewlett-Packard and Dell, with Taiwan's Acer in fourth place, IDC said.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Briefs: Mobile-phone shipments falter

Related Stories

Lenovo Eliminating 1,400 Jobs

April 20, 2007

The PC maker says it will save $100 million this fiscal year by eliminating some jobs and moving other positions to emerging markets.

PC shipments slide in 1Q, HP tops Dell in US (Update)

April 15, 2009

(AP) -- Global shipments of personal computers fell 7.1 percent in the first three months of the year, but the decline was smaller than expected and research group IDC on Wednesday said the industry could turn around by ...

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.