IDC: Asia-Pacific PC market grew 38 percent in 2000

Sales of PCs into the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) market grew 38.5 percent in 2000 to reach 19.9 million units, according to figures released Wednesday by market analyst International Data Corp. (IDC).

Despite a relatively weak fourth quarter, the Asia-Pacific region will continue to post strong growth in PC sales for 2001, given the current low penetration rates and the continuing role of the PC as the main Internet access device, IDC said in a statement.

China is easily the region's biggest market, with sales in 2000 of 7.17 million units, 45.1 percent higher than in 1999. China now accounts for 36 percent of all PC sales in the Asia-Pacific market outside of Japan.

The second-biggest market, South Korea, was also one of the fastest growing, as the country rebounded strongly from economic problems. PC sales to South Korea grew 75.3 percent to reach 3.84 million units. South Korea now represents 19.3 percent of the Asia-Pacific market.

In Australia, PC sales grew 5.2 percent to 2.2 million during the year, maintaining the country's status as the Asia-Pacific region's third-largest PC market with 11 percent market share. But vendors there suffered a disastrous fourth quarter, with sales down 12 percent compared to the third quarter, according to IDC.

These leading three countries now account for two-thirds of all PCs sold into the Asia-Pacific market.

India is now a major PC market, with sales growing 48.5 percent during the year to reach a total of 1.63 million units. PC sales into India in 2001 will exceed those into Australia if current growth rates are maintained.

China's Legend Group Holdings Co. is the region's largest-selling PC maker due to its dominance of its large home market. Legend's sales grew 96 percent in the year to reach 2.1 million units, ahead of IBM Corp.'s (1.53 million), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s (1.48 million) and Compaq Computer Corp.'s (1.29 million). No other vendor sold more than 1 million PCs during the year in the region.

IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

IDC Asia-Pacific, in Singapore, can be reached at +65-226-0330, or via the Web at

Table 1: Asia/Pacific (Ex. Japan) PC shipments ('000 units) by countryCountry Unit sales 2000 (Market share 2000) Unit sales 1999 Growth 2000/1999China 7,168 (36.0%) 4,937 45.1%South Korea 3,840 (19.3%) 2,191 75.3%Australia 2,207 (11.1%) 2,098 5.2%India 1,636 (8.2%) 1,102 48.5%Taiwan 1,208 (6.1%) 1,060 13.9%Hong Kong 687 (3.4%) 519 32.4%Malaysia 670 (3.4%) 512 30.8%Thailand 525 (2.6%) 377 39.3%Singapore 490 (2.4%) 426 15.0%Indonesia 417 (2.1%) 279 49.4%New Zealand 333 (1.7%) 302 10.3%Philippines 279 (1.4%) 206 35.4%Rest of A-P 371 (2.2%) 450 21.3%TOTAL 19,911 (100%) 14,379 38.5%Source: IDC, 2001Table 2: Asia/Pacific (Ex. Japan) PC shipments ('000 units) by VendorVendor Unit sales 2000 (Market share 2000) Unit sales 1999 Growth 2000/1999Legend 2,085 (10.5%) 1,063 96.1%IBM 1,531 (7.7%) 1,186 29.1%Samsung 1,480 (7.4%) 813 82.0%Compaq 1,285 (6.5%) 1,035 24.2%HP 978 (4.9%) 663 36.2%Acer 903 (4.5%) 771 26.8%Others 11,649 (58.5%) 8,847 31.7%TOTAL 19,911 (100%) 14,379 38.5%Source: IDC, 2001

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