In 2003, a total of 500,000 tablet PCs will be sold around the globe, which represents about 1 percent of the total portable PC market. But, by 2007, IDC forecasts that the tablet PC could account for well over 20% of the portable market. Microsoft has more than a 90% share of the market for PC operating systems.
New orders for computers and related products fell 2.3% during the same period. August shipments totaled $7.67 billion, and new orders were valued at $7.96 billion. Computers and related products-a category that includes computer storage devices and peripheral gear such as printers-suffered a worse downturn than the overall manufacturing sector. In general, new orders for manufactured durable goods fell 0.9% in August, to $173.3 billion, while shipments fell 2.9% to $176.3 billion, the Commerce Department said.
Taiwan’s largest personal computer maker, Acer, said on Wednesday that notebook PC shipments will rise as much as 40 percent in the fourth quarter, with similar growth next year, as global demand picks up.
Taiwan firms make 80-90%of the world’s laptop computers, and while their revenues are rising amid a burgeoning global economic recovery, profit margins for the maturing industry are slumping.
Tablet shipments fell in May and June but sales rose again in July, up 16.7%. Perhaps inventory clearance or price cuts have something to do with little jump – average selling prices fell 16.7% in July. HP is the early market leader in tablet sales, but it’s finding the going tough too; July sales in Western Europe were down 33.3% in July, compared with the April high.
Shipments of thin clients will reach 3.4 million units worldwide in 2007, up from just 1.5 million in 2003, IDC said.
Global sales for the 18 weeks to 6 September at the Dixons Group were up 19% on the same period last year. Like for like sales — a measure which only compares stores that contributed to both sets of figures — were flat for the UK. With 900 stores worldwide, Dixons is a useful barometer of consumer spending.
Market researcher IDC says notebook sales and business purchasing have boosted its 2003 growth forecast for PC shipments by two points.
The company now predicts that this year’s PC shipments, which include desktops, notebooks and servers priced at less than $25,000, will grow by 8.4 percent globally and 7.2 percent in the United States. In June, IDC had predicted that global shipments would increase by 6.3 percent in 2003, compared with 2002, while U.S. shipments would increase by 5.3 percent.
The Framingham, Mass.-based firm, which released a ream of second-quarter data on PC shipments and server revenue over the past week, revised its projection for several reasons, including a large increase in notebook shipments during the second quarter and a return of business PC buying, said Roger Kay, an IDC analyst.
Notebook PC shipments jumped by 22 percent year over year during the second quarter, IDC said Tuesday.