PC market to grow 11.3% in 2005

Strong Q3 results and ongoing commercial activity reinforce expectations for market growth in 2005, according to IDC. While growth in worldwide consumer PC shipments slipped to less than 8% in Q3 2004 from a peak of over 25% a year ago, growth in commercial shipments of 15.9% was down only 1% from a four and one half year high of 16.9% in the first half of 2004, and was up from 13.5% a year ago. Commercial growth is expected to slow in 2005 as the recent recovery matures, but should remain at a relatively robust 11.3% vs. projected consumer growth of only 8%. Total shipments are expected to reach 195.1 mln in 2005 on growth of 10.1%, with total shipment value growing by 3.9% to $201 bln.