InformationWeek: Market research firm IDC says global PC shipments increased 22.4 percent in the second quarter. While that wasn't as high as the 22.9 percent IDC had predicted, it's still a good sign that the economy is improving.
Desktop sales beat predictions, while laptop sales lagged expectations somewhat. That suggests that most of the surge in PC shipments was due to corporate replacement cycles rather than consumer spending. "The surge in consumer activity seen in the past two quarters has started to slow as expected, while commercial replacements continue to grow," said IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell. "We expect consumer activity to remain healthy, but gradually slow through the end of the year, while commercial market growth will be more stable, reflecting a planned replacement cycle over the next couple of years."