China surpassed the U.S. in the second quarter to become the world’s largest market for personal computers. The shift reflects both a slowdown in demand in the U.S. market and continued growth in Chinese PC sales.
According to new data from International Data Corp., about 18.5 million units worth $11.9 billion shipped in China in the second quarter, compared with 17.7 million units worth $11.7 billion in the U.S. China now was 22% of the global market, compared with the U.S. at 21%. IDC still expects the U.S. to remain the largest market in 2011 overall, with an expected 73.5 million units, versus 72.4 million in China.
In 2012, IDC says, China should surge past the U.S., with expected shipments of 85.2 million units in China, versus 76.6 million in the U.S.
Note that totals do not include the tablet market.
IDC analyst for Greater China Kitty Fok said in a statement that China’s current five-year plan “should help large enterprises in various infrastructure verticals to continue to move along, not to mention … the ongoing efforts to increase consumer penetration in lower-tier cities.”