You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

PC shipments up nearly 2 percent in 1st quarter

The number of personal computers shipped worldwide rose more than expected in the first quarter.

Gartner Inc. said there were 89 million PCs shipped, up 1.9 percent from a year earlier. IDC estimated shipments rose 2.3 percent.

Continue reading below

The reports beat expectations, but the PC industry is still in a state of flux. Personal computers have taken a backseat to tablet computers not only in the United States but in China and India, where ownership is low.

Gartner says the quarter serves as a warning that PC makers cannot rely on growth in such regions.

But Gartner’s results reveal worse-than-normal growth as consumers and businesses opt for smaller, sleeker devices.

Gartner said that PC shipments declined 3.5 percent in the United States. Shipments to Asia rose 2 percent, weighed down by weak demand in India and China. Shipments to Latin America declined 3.2 percent.

Shipments to Japan rose 11.5 percent and those to the larger Europe and Middle East region increased 6.7 percent.

IDC found similar trends but was slightly more optimistic. It expects PC shipments to pick up by the fourth quarter.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.