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China's PC sales set to grow

PERSONAL computer sales in China will grow this year though sales globally are expected to decrease as demand for information technology took a beating in the tough economic environment, a United States-based IT research firm said yesterday.

In China, PC sales are expected to reach 46.6 million units this year, up 13.1 percent over last year. By contrast, global PC sales will fall 2 percent to 285 million units compared with last year, according to Gartner Inc.

"PC demand appears be running much stronger than we expected back in June, especially in the United States and China," said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner.

"Mobile PC (laptop) shipments have regained substantial momentum, especially in emerging markets, and the decline in desk-based PC shipments is slowing down," said Shiffler.

Gartner's new forecast for the global PC market was more optimistic than its June forecast, which anticipated a 6-percent decline in 2009 sales globally.

Global desktop PC sales will decline 2.8 percent this year but mobile PC shipments will grow 25.6 percent, according to Gartner.

"The toughest period has passed in China, thanks to the government (stimulus measures)," said Ian Yang, president of Intel Corp China.

China has unveiled a 4-trillion-yuan (US$586 billion) stimulus package last year to boost its economy, which included spending on IT infrastructure nationwide.

The government also launched a "Home Appliance to Rural Areas" project which included a 13-percent subsidy on purchase of products such as PCs, TVs and cell phones to boost consumption in rural areas.

PC makers such as Lenovo Group Ltd and Acer Inc said they have benefited from the measures.

Dell Inc, the world's No. 2 PC maker, is also expanding in the rural areas, said Michael Yang, its vice president.

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