New Zealand PC market up 12.9% in 2004

According to IDC, New Lealand sales of portable PCs, including notebooks and tablets, surged ahead once more in 2004, growing by 27.5%, while desktop sales grew just 7.9%. Of 499,733 PCs sold in 2004, 145,611 were portables. This figure is still less than half the total of 354,094 desktops shipped during the year. But sales of portable PCs have doubled since 2002, when only 71,237 units were sold. In 2003 portable sales leaped by 60.3%, while the desktop market grew by 16.9%. The total desktop and notebook market showed positive growth, expanding 12.9% over 2003 numbers.