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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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By 325hhee on 4/17/2008 1:47:14 PM , Rating: 5
I hate statistics with a passion, all it's good for is spinning things around. If I had 1 million PC units and my sales were down by 10% fine, we have 1000 less units, then then we have the mac, they have 100 units and sold 25 more, wow a huge whopping 25% increase. Big fricken deal 25 of BS is nothing, compared to 900k.

Why do people not just give the hard numbers and stick to it, statistic percentages are just crap.

RE: Statistics
By nosfe on 4/17/2008 1:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
its like with politicians, they always use percentages when they are trying to cover up the truth about something

RE: Statistics
By Moishe on 4/17/2008 1:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
Politicians are trying to cover something up 99.999991% of the time. At least that's what I hear :) I think that's a conservative number though.

RE: Statistics
By mikefarinha on 4/17/2008 4:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
I think that's a conservative number though.

No, I think that's the liberals number.

RE: Statistics
By afkrotch on 4/17/2008 2:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
These statistics are all kinds of jacked up.

LIke I sell 1 mil computers each year and I sell 50% more each year after that. Next year at 1.5m. Next year at 2.25m. But the next year was only 40%, so only 3.15m computers sold, instead of 3.375m

While Apple sells 100 computers each year and they increase that by 10% each following year. But the latest year, they went up to 11%. ZOMG! That's news worthy.

RE: Statistics
By retrospooty on 4/17/2008 2:11:50 PM , Rating: 3
"I hate statistics with a passion"

7 out of 10 people disagree with you ;)

RE: Statistics
By bhieb on 4/17/2008 2:50:19 PM , Rating: 3
Hey 68.5945% of all statics are made up on the spot

RE: Statistics
By Omega215D on 4/18/2008 3:05:19 AM , Rating: 2
8 out of 10 voices in my head say I'm not crazy... =P

RE: Statistics
By Some1ne on 4/17/2008 2:53:57 PM , Rating: 2
Why do people not just give the hard numbers and stick to it, statistic percentages are just crap.

Underlying your question is a much more interesting one:

Why is there now so much pro-Mac bias at dailytech/anandtech?

...I think they've all been bought off by Apple with free unlocked iPhones and Macbook Airs with integrated optical drives.

RE: Statistics
By clnee55 on 4/21/2008 4:09:47 PM , Rating: 2
Why is there now so much pro-Mac bias at dailytech/anandtech?

Why is there so much Mac hater in this forum?

RE: Statistics
By Smartless on 4/17/2008 4:51:11 PM , Rating: 2
"90% of statistics can be made to say whatever you want... 50% of the time."

I like that commercial.

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