Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting

February 22, 2011

Apple and Dell Poised to Benefit from PC Sales in Emerging Markets

Apple and Dell (News - Alert) are poised to benefit from improving personal computer market in 2011, according to Bedford Report, an independent research agency.

Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the personal computers industry and provides research reports on Apple (News - Alert) and Dell.

The personal computer market is returning to a strong growth in 2011. Due to the ongoing slowdown, unemployment affected consumer spending in North America. The poor spending hammered PC demand.

However, PC demand is growing in emerging markets. For instance, desktop PCs reported a 14 percent increase year-on-year in India. Sales of notebook computers grew at 49 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Bedford Report. 

Dell is expanding into products with higher profit margins, like services, data storage, servers and mobile devices. Dell recorded profits for the quarter at $927 million, or 48 cents a share, up from $334 million, or 17 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter increased 5 percent to nearly $15.7 billion from $14.9 billion.

Apple is leading the mobile PC market with 10.2 million units shipped, with a 17.2 percent market share. The company is gaining market share in Mac unit sales. In the company's fourth quarter Apple sold more than 4 million Macs.

The Bedford Report releases regular market updates on the Personal Computers Industry so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns.

Meanwhile, an Accenture  report in 2011 says sales of mobile phones and personal computers are set to decline this year. But the demand for high-end technology devices like 3DTVs, e-book readers and tablet computers will soar at rapid pace, according to another survey.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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