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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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US Economy not global.
By Mitch101 on 6/30/2008 3:33:01 PM , Rating: 4
While the dumb things we do in the US generally have an effect on countries outside of our own the majority of economic issues we are experiencing are our own and don't have a direct impact outside the country.

Note I am using Most as some Europeans I hear are having some similar issues.

Most other countries are used to the price of gasoline being high. Were ones who have not and the days of SUV's for the morning commute are having an impact on us today. A few years back it was rare to see cars on the road everyone was driving an SUV for some reason. Maybe it was because you couldn't see around the vehicle in front of you unless you had one. Ask Ford and GM how SUV sales are lately when a few years ago that was their bread and butter.

Most other countries didn't experience a housing bubble partially created by the get rich quick crowds and no money down (Zero risk) individuals who are now walking away from their get rich quick notions and why wouldn't they. Zero down loans = no risk loans. Not like they put down 20% like the old days but those days are coming back quick.

Most other countries aren't burying themselves in credit card dept and loans living the I want it now lifestyle and borrowing to buy a new BMW with a home equity loan. Which the IRS is checking into this year. America Gluttony is to blame.

Crop farmers recently working together to raise the cost of farm products like corn which is an important item for raising cattle which explains meat price increases which is now more expensive to raise and ship.

This is leading to companies cutting back and higher unemployment rates. The rise of fuel costs makes everything cost more from clothes to groceries so people have even less to spend. Factor in the people making fair wages would have even less money and would not be able to afford newer more efficient vehicles. Generally the poor suffer the worst in these scenarios.

But the icing on the cake is that most of these companies are reporting record revenues and they get used to this long enough that when the cost of doing business does retract even a little they continue with the high costs.

All is not doom and gloom but corrections have to happen and basically were probably going to erase a lot of the housing increases that have occurred and get back to 2001/2002 prices then towards a more realistic home value increases.

I also don't believe you can dangle the possibilities of being a major supplier of alternative fuels in front of large American corporations for long before they jump in. Pretty soon a company like Coors will say we can brew bio-diesel and sell it to everyone and make more money doing that than brewing beer. There is significantly larger demand for alternative fuels than beer. Breweries have the experience with production and delivery most other companies do not but are certainly welcome aboard if they have a solution.

Home beer brewing kit probably wont be as popular as the home bio diesel kits. You watch home solar panel kits and wind kits will arrive on infomercials to get you off the grid.

I cant outline the total economy/solutions in the words above but when push comes to shove America bounces back. Sometimes we need that kick in the rear end to change us from importer to world leaders.

I look forward to how much American innovation this will lead to in the coming years.

RE: US Economy not global.
By Oregonian2 on 6/30/2008 4:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt things in the US are as unique as you suggest.

Japan, for instance, had a super-mega-meltdown due to way overpriced real-estate and all the economic underpinnings that collapsed along with it, and I'm sure they weren't the first either. Probably was invented with the concept of real-estate that's not paid for in cash upfront.

Likewise, yes, the farmers got together and arraigned the floods that happened this year so that they could jack up the price of corn. Other countries have had farmers modify the weather to their gain as well, I'm sure.

RE: US Economy not global.
By Ringold on 6/30/2008 10:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure, as far as farmers go, he was referring to the farm lobby's success at keeping corn-based ethanol alive despite virtual global recognition that its a huge failure.

RE: US Economy not global.
By HrilL on 6/30/2008 6:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
Coors is already making ethanol. They use their waste products to make it so it is pretty much free income once they pay the up front costs.

RE: US Economy not global.
By BladeVenom on 6/30/2008 10:06:26 PM , Rating: 5
I thought they already sold their waste product as beer.

RE: US Economy not global.
By Mitch101 on 7/1/2008 10:46:19 AM , Rating: 2
You know Blade if they do come up with a biodiesel in mass production that statement will be so true.

Your comment deserves a futuristic 6 but Daily will probably have a 7 rating by then.

Ethanol is great but from what I understand is 20% less efficient. Thats not a bad thing considering its a free waste product from coors but Im not sure sales would be stellar unless it was really really cheap. 50% cheaper and you lose 20% wouldnt be a bad tradeoff to sell.

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