Asia-Pacific PC market picking up

PC shipments in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) have hit a record high for the first quarter of 1999, according to a new report from market research company IDC.

The first quarter of 1999 saw the highest unit shipments ever, with total regional PC shipments reaching 2.95 million units, almost 25 per cent higher than the 2.37 million units shipped in the same period last year, and 2 per cent higher than the traditionally strong fourth quarter of 1998, IDC said.

According to IDC, Asian countries hit by the economic downturn of the past two years recovered strongly, but the big volume gains came from continued strong growth in key markets such as Australia, China, India and Taiwan.

Australia held the second largest number of PC shipments during the first quarter this year, tallying up 447,000 units shipped, which equates to a 15.1 per cent share of the Asia-Pacific shipment figures. According to IDC's report, China held the highest number of PC shipments for the first quarter, shipping 1,021,000 PCs and claiming a 34.6 per cent stake in the Asia-Pacific market.

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