IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker has revealed that global PC shipments will rise by 16.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007. Annual growth is expected to reach 14.6 per cent, which is up from 10.1 per cent in 2006.
Portable computers have been credited as a key driver for this, with worldwide portable PC shipment growth reaching 37 per cent in the third quarter, which is the fastest in more than a decade. This has come at the expense of desktops however, with growth having slowed to single-digit figures.
“The peak portable growth seen in the third quarter will be difficult to sustain but it reflects strong demand across regions and segments that will fuel growth,” commented Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. “It will be increasingly important for PC vendors to have a strong portable offering to stay competitive as the market continues its rapid shift to mobile computing.”