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China Surpasss US as Largest PC Market

BEIJING and FRAMINGHAM, MA — Final results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker show that PC shipments in the China market have exceeded those of the United States in the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11).

Approximately 18.5 million units worth US$11.9 billion shipped in China during the quarter, compared to 17.7 million units worth US$11.7 billion in the U.S. China represented 22% of the global PC market's unit shipments compared to the US at 21%.

On a full year basis, IDC still expects the U.S. to remain the largest market in 2011, with 73.5 million units forecast to be shipped in the U.S. versus 72.4 million in China. Similarly, holiday season buying in the U.S. will likely keep it ahead of China in the fourth quarter, especially as China's market contracts after its third quarter summer promotions. IDC does not expect China to exceed the U.S. in full year shipments until 2012, when 85.2 million units are forecast to be shipped in China and 76.6 million units in the U.S.

“There are of course still risks ahead for China, including not just inflation but also the impact of economic conditions in the U.S. and Europe,” said Kitty Fok, Vice President for Greater China Research at IDC. “But in the meantime, the Chinese government's 12th Five-Year Plan should help large enterprises in various infrastructure verticals to continue to move along, not to mention of course the ongoing efforts to increase consumer penetration in lower-tier cities.”

“China's lead in the PC market is a huge shift that reflects the rising fortunes of emerging markets as well as the relative stagnation of more mature regions.” said Loren Loverde, Program Vice President, Worldwide PC Tracker. “While the immediate economic circumstances in the US and other markets had a significant impact on the timing of China's move to the lead, they have not changed the trend, but accelerated it.”


6 comments on “China Surpasss US as Largest PC Market

  1. Nemos
    August 28, 2011

    As the population of China acquired more economic growth and gained the ability to spend more, then China will reach the no1 place in PC sales. And China has 1,339,724,852 population (19.3% of World population) comparing to 4.5% of U.S.A.

  2. electronics862
    August 30, 2011

    I think because of markte slow down in the whole year of 2010 the US failed to have higher PC sales compared to china. If we look at the PC sales/ people count US is always on top compared to china. 

  3. Adeniji Kayode
    September 8, 2011

    @Nemos. Do you think that the large PC market which surpasses that of US now has anything to do with just their pupulation density?

  4. Adeniji Kayode
    September 8, 2011

    @electronics862. You are right, I also think that China is intensifing supply to meeting demands especially where there is inadequate supply.I feel its more of China's decision and effort to take over the Market .

  5. Nemos
    September 8, 2011

    Yes, I think it is relative and has to do it with the continuously grow of the population and in the same time with the ability that has now a big part of the population to buy this kind of products such as pcs.

  6. hwong
    September 30, 2011

    It really scares me 'cause they might dump back their obsolete computer components back to us for recycling one day, just like what we have been doing to them. The reason? We need jobs!

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