Australian PC market rebounding

Australian PC market rebounding

PC sales have rebounded from a weak Q1 in 2009 to achieve positive sequential growth for the April to June period, according to IDC.

“Overall in the more mature economies we were forecasting single digit positive growth from the first quarter to the second and we are in line with that number,” says IDC PC analyst, Felipe Rego.

“We are looking roughly between six and eight percent sequential growth. It is still very preliminary numbers but we are on track for closing near those numbers.”

The news comes after Asia-Pacific results showed a 19 percent quarter-on-quarter rise for 8 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of the 2009 calendar year to hit 19.9 million units shipped; beating forecasts by six percent.

Last week, IDC reported strong interest in portable computers, including netbooks and laptops, helped mitigate the effects of the recession, though worldwide PC shipments still fell by 3.1 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, to 66 million units. IDC had originally projected a drop of 6.3 percent.

For year-on-year the Australian market is expected to remain in negative territory for the April to June period due to large enterprises delaying spend.

“It is very timid though with only a two percent decline,” says Rego.

“Q3 generally is a little bit slower but I have been speaking to a few vendors and they mentioned that things are starting to pick up. There is not any major seasonality driver in the third quarter but the interesting thing is Q4 happens to be still in line with our forecast.”

This forecast is for 10 percent year-on-year growth, a significant upswing from the start of the calendar year where Q1 posted a three percent decline.

Rego added that the consumer sector hadn’t experienced a major decline since the economic downturn began.

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