Personal computer shipments in Gulf likely to expand 4.6%

Personal computer shipments into the Gulf are expected to experience a 4.59 per cent year-on-year increase in the fourth quarter of this year fuelled by sizeable education and government deals in Qatar and big education deals in Saudi Arabia, an industry expert said.

“A total of 1.55 million units are expected to be sold this quarter compared to 1.48 million units in the fourth quarter of last year. Around 4.82 percentage growth is expected to come from laptops and 3.62 percentage from desktops,” Fouad Rafiq Charakla, senior research analyst at IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey, told Gulf News.

He said the main growth in desktops was coming from the education sector and Saudi Arabia was expected to sell around 149,811 desktops in this quarter. The Oman initiative for laptops is expected to continue this quarter also.

The tightening of Iran sanctions may hit re-exports slightly, but he said the channels will move the shipments to other areas. Currently around 50 per cent of laptop shipments into the UAE are re-exported.

Article by Links Group on Dec 18th 2011