DoC: PC shipments decline

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.

Dixons: Laptops, digital cameras strong in UK

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.

IDC bumps up PC forecast

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.