IDC: Despite the recession, world PC microprocessor shipments hit record levels in the 4th quarter of 2009. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, shipments were up 31.3 percent, and the entire year showed a 2.5 percent increase. However, that did not translate to more money for the manufacturers, as the year saw a 7.1 percent decline in revenues to $28.6 billion.
"Compared to 3Q09, the modest rise in shipments in 4Q09 indicates that the market is returning to normal seasonal patterns," said IDC's Shane Rau. "Compared to 4Q08, the huge rise in shipments indicates that the market has put the recession behind it. Both comparisons indicate that the PC industry anticipates improvement in PC end demand in 2010."
During the quarter, mobile and server processors saw the highest gains. And AMD made market share gains on rival Intel.
For 2010, IDC is forecasting a 15.1 percent growth in shipments.