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Global PC shipments growth comparable to 2007

The sluggish economy here in the U.S. is being blamed for many things. Despite the economic woes, the PC industry is still seeing growth comparable to 2007. Market research firm iSuppli reports that PC shipments still grew by double digit percentages in Q1 2008, which is comparable to Q1 2007 shipments when the economy was more robust.

According to iSuppli, PC shipments globally rose to 69.9 million units in Q1 2008, up 12.1% from Q1 2007. The top three computer makers maintained their respective positions in the iSuppli top global suppliers rankings.

Holding on to the top spot is HP, which was able to grow its PC shipments by over 23% in Q1 2008 as compared to Q1 2007 with global shipments of 13.2 million computers. Sitting in the second spot is Dell with global shipments for Q1 2008 of 10.8 million systems, a growth of 20% compared to Q1 2007.

Acer still holds the number three spot on the top global suppliers list by shipping 6.8 million computers globally. Acer has 9.7% of the global computer market, Dell’s global market share is 15.4% and HP has 18.9% of the global PC market.

Lenovo sits in the number four spot with 4.8 million systems shipped in Q1 2008, a growth of 20.3% compared to Q1 2007. Lenovo has a 6.9% share of the global PC market. Lenovo’s entrance into the global consumer computer marketplace may help it gain ground in the next rankings. Toshiba has the number five spot on the list with a bit over 3 million systems shipped in Q1 2008 for a 4.4% share of the global market.

The remaining computer makers added together total over 31.2 million computers shipped for a 44.7% market share.

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Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By vision33r on 6/30/2008 2:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
PC shipments up because it's cheaper now for countries like Canada, Europe, and even Asian countries to buy PC hardware here and shipped over there..

Funny how Chinese people have to buy Apple Computers from the USA to ship to China when all the Apple computers are assembled and mfg in China.

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By Trixanity on 6/30/2008 6:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well, while hardware is a lot cheaper in the US and the weak dollar is making it even cheaper to buy from the US. You'll have to get it across the borders without the package being taken upon arrival, because if it does get taken then taxes, fees and fines will apply, which will make your purchase possibly more expensive.

Plus lots of US e-tailers don't ship to Europe, for example Newegg doesn't. Only a couple of e-tailers and they only take orders from WireTransfer etc. which I'm personally not a fan of.

I'm personally speaking for Denmark, which does have some of the highest taxes, VAT etc. in the world.

If I could find a cheap US e-tailer, which ships internationally and accepts PayPal or similar, I'd definitely buy from there though. It's worth a shot, especially if I could avoid the authorities.
Danish taxes etc. do not apply if ordered from within the EU, but I don't think there is any EU country that has considerably cheaper prices in an understandable language (eg. English)

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By kensiko on 6/30/2008 8:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it costs taxes, but it was costing taxes two years ago. I think I'm not wrong to tell that I saw the computer parts prices going down since 2 years. I know it's hard to tell because it's always going down, but I'm speaking for the same value over time.

Personally I have bought many pieces of hardware since 1 year, more than the last 3 years.

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By kensiko on 6/30/2008 8:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
Oh I forgot to tell that I'm in Canada !

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By Ringold on 6/30/2008 10:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think I'm not wrong to tell that I saw the computer parts prices going down since 2 years. I know it's hard to tell because it's always going down, but I'm speaking for the same value over time.

Consumer electronics is one of the few parts of the consumer price index that has been in a long term free fall, so you're right.

On the other hard, the price of certain illegal drugs has skyrocketed in recent years.

Choose your addictions wisely, kids, and go for computers.

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By sgtdisturbed47 on 7/1/2008 2:07:14 AM , Rating: 2
Cheap? Since when have PCs been cheap? Since when have the parts been cheap? The prices are the same from 3 years ago!

RE: Weak Dollar = cheap US goods
By Lexda on 7/1/2008 8:04:13 AM , Rating: 2
I wasn't aware that P4s cost the same amount today as three years ago?

You're thinking that the price for a good CPU or good RAM doesn't go down. There, you're right. But for individual components? It goes down fast. How else could we keep getting better and better parts for the same price?

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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