Global PC processor unit shipments rose 31.3 percent year-to-year in the fourth quarter of 2009, a record, according to market researcher IDC. On Tuesday, Apple also reported robust unit shipments.
"Compared to (the fourth quarter of 2008), the huge rise in shipments indicates that the market has put the recession behind it," Shane Rau, director of semiconductors, personal computing research at IDC, said in a statement.
Though the sequential increase over the third quarter in 2009 was modest, that "indicates that the market is returning to normal seasonal patterns," Rau said.
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