PC sales up 42% to 2 million units in third quarter
Total Indian PC sales between October and December 2009, with desktop computers, notebooks and netbooks taken together, were 2 million units, up 42% from the same period last fiscal, according to India’s IT hardware apex body MAIT.
During the third quarter, desktops stood at 1.35 million units compared to 1.06 million units for the same period last year. Netbooks and notebooks taken together recorded a consumption of 0.66 million units, growing 27% and 90%, respectively, over the same period last year.
According to the study, assembled desktops accounted for 35% of the desktop sales in Q3/2009-10, while the proportion of the branded desktops was 65%. MNC brands accounted for 52% of the market, while the Indian brands accounted for the rest 13%.
In the peripherals market, printers bounched back in Q3 2009-10, led by high sales in the establishments segment, while laser printers witnessed a growth of 70%. Consumption of dot matrix printers (DMP) and Inkjet printers grew 13% and 17%, respectively, in October and December 2009-10.
Households and small businesses have been the traditional drivers of consumption of inkjet printers, and the retail segment also emerged as a significant consumer of the Inkjet printers. The UPS market grew 28% on an annual basis in the third quarter of 2009-10 registering 0.56 million units in sales.
Vinnie Mehta, executive director of MAIT, said: “The impact of the global economic recession is now well behind us and the IT hardware industry in India is once again on a growth path. All segments of the IT hardware industry – computers, peripherals and networking products recorded impressive growth in the Q3/2009-10 over the same period last year.
“Among the verticals, consumption in the IT market was led by telecom, banking, education, SMEs, BPO/IT-enabled services and the e-governance initiatives of the centre and the state government. Vibrancy in consumption in households and smaller towns was also visible in the quarter. The industry is hopeful that the sales would further improve in the fourth (January-March) quarter. Overall PC sales for 2009-10 are expected to cross 7.3 million (73 lakh) units, registering a 7% annual growth.”