PC Sales Up 49% To 8.9 Lakh In Q1

New Delhi | Updated: Sep 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
In a strong indicator of upsurge in domestic computing market this year, the sale of personal computers (PCs) has gone up by 49 per cent to cross 8.9 lakh units in the first quarter (April-June) this fiscal.

Moreover, sales of notebooks and servers have also witnessed an unprecedented growth. The quarter was also marked by strong consumption of printers and other peripherals, according to the latest data released by Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (Mait).

Mait has also predicted that PC sales in the first-half of fiscal 2004-05 are expected to cross 18 lakh units.

Given the fact that the second quarter (July-September) is normally better quarter than the first, the market is clearly on a growth track, a Mait press note said. Maits industry performance review was conducted by Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB).

Commenting on the findings of the study, Mait executive director Vinnie Mehta said, A drop in prices of IT products is driving the local market in India and we are confident that in no time, will this attain critical mass, as in some of the associated products like mobile phones. India is suddenly high on the agenda of international manufacturers.

Notebook sales crossed 35,000 units recording 139 per cent growth. The high growth in notebook consumption can be attributed to the steep drop in notebook prices.

With notebook prices matching those of the PCs, notebooks are finding their way into the homes and SMEs.

Corporates, IT companies, financial institutes and the government were, however, the most sought after markets for notebooks.

According to Mait, the growth in PC sales can be largely attributed to increased IT consumption by industry verticals and corporate sectors such as telecom, banking and financial services, manufacturing and IT-enabled services.

Apart from these traditional sectors, higher consumption was also witnessed in SMEs, IT training institutes, and other computer-centric small enterprises. Growing number of retail outlets and malls have also added to the PC consumption, it added.