Global PC shipments rose more than expected in the first quarter but with disappointing results in some parts of the world, as tablet computers made inroads into the PC market.
Quarterly market research by Gartner Inc showed worldwide PC shipments grew by 1.9 per cent, mainly due to an increase of 6.7 per cent in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
PC shipments in the US declined by 3.5 per cent, while Asia-Pacific performed below expectations due to slower-than-expected growth in India and China.
Gartner said that 89 million PCs were shipped in the first three months of the year, an increase of 1.9 per cent from a year earlier and above its earlier expectations of 1.2 per cent.
PC has been losing out to tablet computers such as the iPad in the US and other industrialised nations, but Gartner said that PCs sales are also are falling in other markets worldwide, including India and China, where computer ownership is low.
In an another report, Gartner said that worldwide tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98-per cent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units.