Feeds

World PC market grew less than 15% in 2000

Only Dell and HP beat industry averages

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The PC market grew by less than 15 per cent last year, hit hard by a dreadfully slow fourth quarter. Analysts at Gartner say the downturn indicates market saturation in some areas.

Worldwide, PC shipments reached 134.7 million units in 2000, up 14.5 per cent over 1999. The US market was slower, gaining only 10.3 per cent.

Over the last few years, the growth rate has steadily increased: 1998 saw growth of 15 per cent, 1999 of 21 per cent. So in 2000 the market growth has fallen below 1998 figures, indicating very clearly just how bad December and Q4 have been for the industry.

Of the big names, only Dell and HP managed to beat industry averages. Gartner said that Dell had done well by keeping prices down, while HP benefitted from its strong consumer franchise and from the support of the channel.

Charles Smulders, a principal analyst at Gartner, said that saturation in key market areas is becoming more important in market growth, and warned that new shipments are no longer able to mask the effects of economic cycles on replacement buying.

In his view, the timing of the downturn was "unfortunate", since it coincided with the, traditionally, strongest quarter for home sales. He noted that the commercial sector struggled as well: "Preliminary estimates also point to a weak professional market performance."

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and Smulders thinks that the sluggishness of the market, particularly in the final quarter of 2000, could be due to vendors shifting inventory that had built up earlier in the quarter. This will mean that the "overhang" should have less impact on the market in early 2001. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.