Indian client PC market grew 8.1 per cent in April-June

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Mumbai, Sep 11 (UNI) Overall India client PC market grew by 8.1 per cent between April-June quarter of calender 2008, with shipments recorded being 2.085 million.

IDC in its latest market report said, during the same period in 2007 desktop shipments displayed a 2.4 per cent drop, while notebook PC shipments grew by 51.2 per cent.

In the overall Client PC (Notebooks and Desktops combined) market, HP retained the top spot with a market share of 18.7 per cent, followed by HCL at the second spot and Dell moving up to the third spot during the second quarter of 2008.

In terms of desktop PC shipments HP retained its top position, with a market share of 13.9 per cent, followed by HCL and Dell in second and third spots. HP also retained the top spot in notebook PC shipments, with a share of 31.2 per cent. Dell moved to the second spot, while Acer retained the third spot.

''With the Indian economy is expected to grow only at 7.5-eight per cent in the April 2008-March 2009 fiscal, the Q2 2008 performance was affected by cautious PC buying,'' Mr Kapil Dev Singh, Country Manager, IDC India, said.

''The subdued sentiment derives its signals from high petroleum prices, rising inflation, political uncertainty in the last quarter and news of the impending US economic slowdown,'' Mr Singh added.

According to Sumanta Mukherjee, Analyst, Computing Products Research, IDC India, ''Major global and Indian PC vendors promoted 'low-cost notebook PC' offerings during the quarter. The growth of these upgradeable notebook PCs will be driven to a large extent by the penetration of broadband connectivity and availability of appropriate content.'' UNI VK SR/AG 1136.

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