Consumers are also favoring higher-end versions of the new operating system, according to a Current Analysis report on U.S. retail sales during the week ending Feb. 3.
It’s too early to draw conclusions, and launch week numbers are always funny, but the stats are still interesting.
PC sales were up 173 percent compared with the previous week, and 67 percent over the same period last year, the analyst firm reported today.
“This sales spike is a welcome sight for retailers, given that the preceding five weeks had seen sagging sales for PCs,” the report said. “This slowing was primarily due to a limited amount of inventory, as retailers and OEMs chose to keep their supply of non-Vista products limited in preparation for the Vista transition.”
Vista Home Premium accounted for 70 percent of PC sales in the U.S. vs. 22 percent for Vista Home Basic, even though Home Premium came on more expensive hardware. Notebooks with Home Premium averaged $863 vs. 616 for models with Home Basic.
Whether the surge lasts is the $6 billion question.