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RAMeXchange: Global NB PC Sales to Rebound in Q2 on Producers' Shipment Renewal

2011/03/10 | By Steve Chuang

Taipei, March 10, 2011 (CENS)--DRAMeXchange, a global market survey institute, issued its latest report showing that as Intel has quickly settled the design flaw of Sandy Bridge chipsets to minimize impact on the PC industry, global notebook PC sales is expected to rebound by 13.6% quarterly in the second quarter of this year on the renewal of producers' delayed shipments.

The report indicates that a part of notebook PC shipments that should have been completed in January or February has been delayed due to the recent Sandy Bridge flaw crisis, making global shipment of notebook PCs decline by 12% from January to an estimate of 13.2 million units in February.

However, DRAMeXchange stressed, the notebook PC industry will turn around starting this month, with global sales estimated to surge 30% mainly on renewal of delayed shipments. Aside from renewed shipments, some positive factors, such as PC vendors' inventory restocking and their increasing dependence on ocean freights, have also helped to fuel the overall growth in global sales.

Hopefully, the institute added, global notebook PC sales in the second quarter, including netbook models, will soar 13.6% from the first quarter, higher than the average of 8% for the same quarter in the past five years.

Noteworthily, the global market for notebook PCs will keep gaining growth momentum from steadily mounting demand in emerging countries and the commercial segment to offset the impact of the rise of tablet PCs throughout this year. According to Gartner's projection, tablet PC sales are estimated to grow to 64.78 million units to erode a part of overall notebook PC sales this year.

Although optimistic about the market prospects for notebook and tablet PCs, DRAMeXchange has expressed pessimism about the netbook PC sector, projecting global shipment of the devices to shrink by 19.5% to only 26.8 million units this year from last year, compared with 192 million notebook PCs to be sold in the year, 19.6% more than in 2010.