Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace to Grow 22 Percent in 2010

However, the growth will be driven by consumer demand, and enterprise growth will be slower at 13.1 percent.

Gartner: Based on figures to date, Gartner predicts that PC shipments will hit 376.6 million units in 2010, an increase of 22 percent from the year before. Revenue from PCs will also grow but more slowly to reach $245.4 billion for the year, an increase of 12 percent.

Much of that growth will be driven by consumer demand. While consumer PC shipments will increase 29.5 percent, business PC shipments will grow 13.1 percent.

"In the professional PC market, the aging life of PCs will drive replacements. Organizations will find it tougher to further extend PC life cycles without incurring more costs," said Gartner's Ranjit Atwal. "This, together with the adoption of Windows 7, will generate robust demand in the professional market. Larger businesses expect to start replacements in the second half of 2010, with the majority replaced in 2011. We now expect Windows 7 migration to last through 2012."

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