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Reports claim the U.S. is becoming less of an influence on the PC market as developing countries emerge

The signs of economic downturn are showing up in many places around the United States form large companies laying off employees by the thousands to the bust in the housing market leading to significantly increased numbers of home foreclosures.

The lagging economy is evident in the technology industry as well and shows in the significant layoffs coming from industry giants like Dell and Motorola. The PC industry is feeling the softening economy in the terms of fewer computers shipped in the United States.

According to research firm IDC worldwide PC shipments in Q1 2008 grew by 14.6% to 69.5 million units. Estimates for the quarter were 13.2% growth, so the industry exceeded expectations. Despite growth in PC shipments worldwide, the U.S. market slipped to a year-over-year growth rate of only 3.5%.

IDC reports that the U.S. share of the worldwide PC market fell by more than 2 points to 23% compared to the same period in 2007. This drop is showing that the U.S. is becoming less of an influence and emerging markets in developing countries are becoming more important for PC makers. The top five PC makers in the world according to IDC in order are HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba.

At the same time the top five PC makers were seeing drops in shipments in the U.S. Apple was shipping more systems. InformationWeek reports that Apple shipments grew 32.5% to one million units compared to 762,000 Macs shipped in the same quarter last year. IDC also released a report recently showing that Apple was now in the top five U.S. computer makers with a firm hold on the number 4 spot.

The gain in U.S. market share by Apple could be attributed to the often more affluent Apple buyers. With Mac systems costing more than similar PCs, the typical Apple buyer tends to be more affluent and possibly less affected by the slowing economy in America.

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RE: Eh?
By masher2 on 4/17/2008 1:43:21 PM , Rating: 4
Followed by this non-sequitor as well:
Despite growth in PC shipments worldwide, the U.S. market slipped to a year-over-year growth rate of only 3.5%.

I think the only thing that actually "fell" was the US share of the total market...and that's only because the foreign sector is growing faster comparitively.

RE: Eh?
By Locutus465 on 4/17/2008 1:49:57 PM , Rating: 5
This post seems like a desperate attempt to create a conneciton between apples shippment increase and some sort of PC shipment decrease when in fact there is no such connection not to mention the fact that PC shippments actually didn't slip.

RE: Eh?
By Moishe on 4/17/2008 1:54:21 PM , Rating: 5
Job's Reality Distortion Field is in full effect. Even Jason Mick admitted in his last article that the media loves Apple. Here is another great example of "OMG Apple r0xx0rs".

RE: Eh?
By therealnickdanger on 4/17/2008 3:51:29 PM , Rating: 5
Well, I suppose a title claiming, "Worldwide Computer Sales Continue to Grow" wouldn't have been sensational enough.

Just gotta grind the Mac VS PC thing all day, every day!

I still love you, DT.

RE: Eh?
By Adonlude on 4/18/2008 4:54:52 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps we need a more "apples to apples" comparison?

RE: Eh?
By KristopherKubicki on 4/17/2008 1:50:21 PM , Rating: 1
The title has been corrected.

RE: Eh?
By Locutus465 on 4/17/2008 2:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
Based on what I read it's more the relitive strength of US PC growth has slipped compared to developing nations which grew much faster...

RE: Eh?
By mondo1234 on 4/18/2008 3:39:56 PM , Rating: 2
If MS sold 100 mil copies of Vista in the first year, would that would mean that approx 40% of all new systems shipped with Vista?

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