March 10, 2004 12:40 PM PST
IDC expects increase in 2004's PC shipments
The latest forecast follows a similarly optimistic projection from Gartner, which said last month that PC shipments would rise 13.9 percent to 187 million in 2004. The two companies use different methods to measure PC shipments and therefore arrive at different totals, but they both agree that a PC market recovery is under way. IDC also predicted that 2005 will see an 11.2 percent increase to 191.4 million units shipped. Following 2005, growth rates should settle down to about 8 percent yearly through 2008, the company said.