During Microsoft’s quarterly earnings conference call last week, company execs talked about the importance of emerging markets — including in the Asia/Pacific region — in the PC market.
Now research firm IDC has quantified how important. IDC says the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market grew 11 percent — to 119 million units — for the full 2011 year, to reach 119 million units.
Taking just the fourth quarter of 2011, IDC estimates the Asia/Pacific PC market grew 11 percent, compared to the year-ago period.
The growth in the region is weaker than in previous years, IDC notes, but compared to the global PC market, and taking into account global economic problems, that was still healthy growth. And “markets like China and Indonesia were partially insulated from the hard disk drive shortages” that IDC and other research firms had feared would hurt shipments, the IDC news release says.
IDC had earlier said worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011 declined 0.2 percent from the same quarter in 2010. And worldwide, PC shipments grew only 1.6 percent for the full 2011 year.
Here’s IDC’s chart on PC shipments by vendor in the Asia/Pacific region: