IDC: Researchers at IDC say the worldwide PC market grew 24.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the previous year, when sales declined almost 7 percent. This reverses a trend of declines that began in the third quarter of 2008.
"The strong first quarter builds on the fourth quarter rebound and shows rising confidence in the PC supply chain and commercial client base along with persistent demand from consumers," said IDC's Loren Loverde. "The commercial gains are a cornerstone of market rebound that we've been expecting and are now seeing in the data. Despite continued strengthening of commercial demand and solid consumer and emerging market results, year-on-year growth is likely to slow in coming quarters as year-ago comparisons get more difficult. This is part of an expected recovery trend that should include strong second quarter performance and lift growth for the year to 15% or higher."