Laptops fuel Latin America's 19.4% PC market growth in Q2

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Latin America's PC market expanded 19.4% during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year, according to results from tech consultancy IDC's quarterly PC tracker in the region.

The total number of units increased to 9.1mn during the quarter.

The results during the quarter were strongly driven by laptops, with 5.2mn units sold. Desktop sales were also up, reaching 3.98mn units for a 7.5% increase compared with the same quarter last year.

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According to IDC, the ratio between laptops and desktops sold is about 60-40.

Educational programs in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela have also contributed to these figures, according to Paola Soriano, research and consulting manager for personal devices at IDC Latin America. These programs are expected to continue over the next four years.

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Long-term projections have increased due to the higher incidence of laptops as a result of a migration trend toward mobility.

IDC expects the market to grow 21.6% in units during 2011 - 7.6% for desktops and 34.2% for laptops. In value, desktops are expected to increase 14.3% and laptops 25.2%.

In some countries like Argentina and Peru, growth rates in 2012 could fall compared to 2011, but as a result of educational offerings and not due to a slowdown in market demand. At the same time, it is equally important to note that Argentina will be affected by import restrictions, IDC said.