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Consumer notebooks driving PC recovery

Wi-Fi boom feeds demand for portables

Global growth of PC shipments will continue at double-digit rates in the first quarter of 2004 and hold that pace throughout the year, according to market research company Gartner.

In the first quarter of 2004, PC vendors will ship 44 million units, up 13.3 percent from the first quarter of 2003.

Consumer notebooks continue to lead most of the growth as wireless technologies improve and prices fall, according to Gartner.

The rest of the year will see an increase in the number of corporations upgrading their aging PC inventories.

This "corporate replacement cycle" has been eagerly awaited for about two years, but has been spread out over a longer period of time compared to the last major replacement cycle in 1999.

Due to the weakness of the US dollar over the last year, the Western European business market outperformed the US business market over 2003.


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