China eclipses US as largest PC market

During the second quarter, China accounted for 22 percent of the number of personal computers shipped worldwide, compared with 21 percent for the United States, according to a new report from the International Data Corp., a market intelligence firm based in Framingham.

It’s the first time China has ranked first in quarterly shipments, but unlikely to be the last, IDC said.

In its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report, IDC said it expects the United States to remain the world’s largest PC market for full-year 2011 — with the Christmas holiday season likely to give US sales a big boost — but China should pull ahead next year. In 2012, IDC projects that 85.2 million units will be shipped in China versus 76.6 million units in the United States.

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“China’s lead in the PC market is a huge shift that reflects the rising fortunes of emerging markets as well as the relative stagnation of more mature regions.’’ Loren Loverde, IDC’s program vice president for the Worldwide PC Tracker, said in a statement. “While the immediate economic circumstances in the US and other markets had a significant impact on the timing of China’s move to the lead, they have not changed the trend, but accelerated it.’’

To read IDC’s press release on the report, please click here.

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