Seagate Technology LLC in the first Q bolstered its lead in the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) market, amid stronger-than-expected demand throughout the industry, according to iSuppli Corp. Global HDD shipments amounted to 101.7 mln units in Q1 2006, up 16.5% from 87.3 mln units during Q1 2005. iSuppli had predicted growth of 15.4%. Shipments declined by 1.7% compared to 103.4 mln units in Q4 2005. However, HDD sales typically decrease sequentially in Q1 following the peak holiday period during Q4. The stronger-than-expected HDD sales in Q1 2006 were driven by demand from the mobile-PC and consumer-electronics markets.
|Global hard drive shipments in Q1 2006|
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