199 mln PCs will be sold in 2005

PC shipments will total 199 mln machines in 2005, up just 9% from last year. Shipments topped 183 mln units in 2004, an 11.6% increase over 2003. Sales of mobile computers will increase by 17.4% in 2005, Gartner said, while desktop machines are forecast to grow 6.1%.