Worldwide Cumulative PC Sales Exceed 1 billion.
PCs-In-Use tops 200M in USA. Cumulative PC Sales Surpass 400M

February 28, 2003—In 2002 the U.S. number of PCs-in-use topped 200M units and cumulative PC sales surpassed 400M. In the next five years another 250M+ PCs will be sold in the USA, but PCs-in-use will only grow by 50M. Despite yearly PC sales of 40M+ units in the USA, the annual increase in PCs-in-use will only grow by 10M per year due to over 75% PC replacement sales. This slow growth is due to high U.S. PC penetration, which reached 712 units per 1,000 people in 2002 and will top 831 in 2007.

Worldwide PCs-in-use surpassed 660M units in 2002 while cumulative PC sales reached nearly 1,080M units. The worldwide increase of PCs-in-use will grow by 61% in the next five years to 1.07B. The worldwide PC penetration is much lower than in the USA with 106 PCs-in-use per 1,000 people at year-end 2002 and 162 PCs per 1,000 people in 2007. Worldwide cumulative PC sales will reach 2B units in 2008—only six years after 1B was reached.

 
1985
1990
1995
2000
2002
2007
USA:            
PCs-in-use (#M)
19.8
48
86
177
206
255
PCs-in-use per 1,000 people (#)
82.9
192.2
323.9
629.5
712
831.3
Cumulative PC Sales (#M)
21.4
64.5
139
317
403
661
Worldwide:
 
 
 
 
 
 
PCs-in-use (#M)
31.4
98
226
523
663
1,069
PCs-in-use per 1,000 people (#)
6.5
18.7
40
86.2
106.4
161.8
Cumulative PC Sales (#M)
35.6
129
329
815
1,077
1,952

 

“PCs-in-use will approach saturation in the U.S. in about a decade at 320M units”, says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. “Despite few new PC buyers after 2010, annual PC sales in the USA will be in the 60M range due to PC replacement sales every five years for most PC users.”

These are results from a new market research report by Computer Industry Almanac. The report has PCs-in-use estimates for 53 countries and six regions of the world from 1980 to 2002 and projection for 2003-2007.

Computer Industry Almanac publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries. For more information see Market Research Reports.

 
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