Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market totaled 11.3 mln units in Q4 2005, thus bringing full year 2005 shipments to 41.1 mln units, or 18% growth for 2005, according to IDC data. With QTQ growth of 2% and YTY growth of 19%, Q4 2005 PC shipments came in 1% above IDC’s initial forecasts, with China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore exceeding expectations, while India and Taiwan in particular, performed worse than expected. In Q4 2005, market leader Lenovo continued to widen its lead on its closest competitor HP, as its total PC shipments grew 10% over the previous quarter compared to the latter’s 9% contraction. Out of the top 5 PC vendors, Dell recorded the strongest sequential growth of 19% as it recovered from an abnormal lull in Q3 2005. Meanwhile, Founder recorded a modest 5% growth and Acer contracted by 3% sequentially. Total PC shipments in the region in 2005 reached 41.1 mln units, representing an 18% growth from 2004. Notebooks were particularly solid as all the countries in the region recorded double-digit YTY growth rates in shipments in 2005. In the case of desktops, all the countries grew year-on-year except for New Zealand and Taiwan, which shrunk by 10% and 3%, respectively.