Research firms are suggesting the growth rate of China’s personal computer sales will drop to a five-year low this year on an uncertain economic environment.
China’s PC sales will grow 18% year on year in 2008 to more than 42 million units. The growth rate — which would make most companies ecstatic — is likely to be the lowest one since 2003 according to IDC. Industry insiders said the growth rate will rebound next year.
Wang Jiping, IDC’s analyst, said in a statement, ‘It’s a cycle in the domestic PC industry every four to five years and we believe the growth rate will rebound next year when the economy recovers.’
The UMPC, or ultra mobile personal computer, which boasts super mobility, Internet functions and are relatively cheap, will come under the spotlight in the near future. This writer has just bought one.
It is though that in future, the UMPC sales will equal those of laptops and both sectors will grow and coexist, according to ASUS.
Source: Shanghai Daily