PC industry's pace cools to 9% growth in 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Brazil's PC industry has grown 9% in 2011 and will end the year with 43.3bn reais (US$24bn) in revenues, according to data released by local electronics industry association Abinee.

The PC segment moved 38.8bn reais in 2010, representing 17% growth.

For the telecom industry, Abinee estimates 17% growth this year, moving 19.5bn reais. It is the highest percentage recorded among the eight industry sectors analyzed by Abinee - industrial automation; components; industrial equipment; power generation, transmission and distribution; computing; deployment materials; telecommunications; and household utilities.

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But according to Abinee's telecom department director, Paulo Castello Branco, imports accounted for 33% of sales this year.

Abinee forecasts 8.5% growth for the electronics industry as a whole this year, with 134bn reais in revenues.

The result is lower than the 13% previously projected for this year, which the association attributes to the worsening economic scenario in Europe and to currency variations, which have affected the sector's competitiveness.

All of the data are part of an annual report about the electric and electronics industry, called "Comportamento da indústria elétrica e eletrônica - Ano 2011 e projeções para 2012."