Just An Online Minute... PC Industry Revival?
But that doesn't mean that there's a run on high-budget computers at your local Best Buy or Staples. Overall computer sales are mostly flat, with a 16.2 percent increase in notebook computers dampened by a 12 percent drop in desktop computers. Notebook computers account for $2.7 billion in sales so far in 2003, 12.4 percent of the market, compared to desktop computers' $2.65 billion or 12.2 percent.
|Top Sales Growth Categories|
|Blank DVD Media||$21M||$105M||400%|
|Wireless Networking Gear||$203M||$455M||124%|
|Source: The NPD Group/NPD Techworld|
More than $5 billion in sales were recorded in paper and ink, NPD Group said. The items that have shown the most growth include blank DVDs (400 percent), DVD burners (348 percent), wireless network gear (124 percent) and digital memory (90 percent).
"Clearly the popularity of new technologies such as digital cameras, LCD monitors and wireless computing has opened up pent-up demand and renewed consumers' interest in PC products," said Stephen Baker, NPD's direcor of industry analysis, in a prepared statement. "Robust sales numbers such as these are clear evidence that consumers are responding to these new technologies by opening up their wallets again."
--Paul J. Gough