SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Despite mixed economic outlook, the global personal computer (PC) market remained robust in the second quarter this year with PC shipments jumping 22.4 percent over the same period of 2009, research firm IDC said on Thursday.
On a worldwide basis, desktop PC shipments topped expectations, helping to confirm signs that businesses are moving ahead with replacements, according to IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report.
The report also showed that global portable PC sales trailed forecast estimates in the second quarter, reflecting the effects of a thus-far jobless recovery on consumer spending.
"The surge in consumer activity seen in the past two quarters has started to slow as expected, while commercial replacements continue to grow," Bob O'Donnell, an IDC vice president, said in a statement.
"We expect consumer activity to remain healthy, but gradually slow through the end of the year, while commercial market growth will be more stable, reflecting a planned replacement cycle over the next several years," he added.