Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter of 2009 Posted Strongest Growth Rate in Seven Years

Computer makers shipped 90 million PCs in the 4th quarter of last year for a 22.1 percent increase over 2008.

Gartner: In a sign that the tech industry may be recovering from the economic downturn, Gartner says computer manufacturer shipped 90 million units in the last quarter. That marks a 22.1 percent increase from the year before, which is the largest growth rate in seven years, although it must be noted that the last quarter of 2008 was particularly awful for the PC industry.

"These preliminary results indicate the recovery of the PC market on a global level," said Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa. "Shipment growth was largely driven by low-priced consumer mobile PCs, both in regular notebooks and mini-notebooks. As economic weakness continued, buyers became extremely price sensitive. Low-priced PCs were good enough for many average consumers."

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