The fourth quarter of 2007 mirrored the entire year when it came to worldwide PC shipments.
Industry analyst firm Gartner Inc. released a report this week showing that worldwide PC shipments hit 75.9 million units in the last quarter of last year - a 13.1 percent increase over the same quarter in 2006. Similarly, Gartner noted that global PC shipments totaled 271.2 million units in all of 2007, a 13.4 percent increase over 2006 numbers.
The U.S. PC market grew 5.3 percent in 2007, with shipments hitting 64.2 million units, according to Gartner. The U.S. shipments topped Gartner's estimates, the company said.
"The Europe, Middle East and Africa region continued to be the largest PC market in 2007," said Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa in a statement. "Asia/Pacific took over as the second-largest PC market during the fourth quarter. [Last year] showed a clear indication of the worldwide PC market landscape: strong growth in emerging regions, such as Asia/Pacific, and slower growth in markets such as the United States."
"HP established a solid number one position in 2007," said Kitagawa. "Robust consumer and mobile PC sales across all regions were two main drivers of HP's overall growth. The company experienced the strongest growth among the top five vendors in fourth quarter of 2007, as its shipments increased 23.3 percent in the quarter."
Late last month, rival industry analyst firm IDC warned that a slowing U.S. economy will likely lead to declining PC processor sales in the first months of 2008. Since PC chip sales are directly tied to PC sales, the warning extended into the desktop and laptop market, as well.