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April 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

IDC says Q1 PC sales “better than expected”

PC sales weren’t as bad as expected in the first quarter, research firm IDC said in its quarterly hardware report.

This tracks with Intel’s earnings comments yesterday about the PC market bottoming out in the quarter, and suggests Microsoft may provide similar outlook in its April 23 earnings report.

Unit sales were down 7.1 percent vs. the 8.2 percent IDC predicted. Sales of netbook mini-laptops “mitigated the impact” of the credit and economic situations, Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s PC Tracker report, said in the release.

“Following a drawdown in inventory throughout the supply chain, we expect more stable production over the next couple quarters, with growth returning around the end of the year.”

Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Toshiba grew market share while Dell and Apple fell. Here are charts showing U.S. and global market share:

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Comments | Topics: Acer, apple, Dell

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