Computer sales drop to 1.4 mn in Dec quarter

Computer sales drop to 1.4 mn in Dec quarter
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First Published: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 06 00 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 06 00 PM IST
Bangalore: Computer sales in India dropped by nearly a fifth to 1.4 million during the quarter to December, as demand fell from consumers and corporates due to the current economic slowdown, the manufacturers body said on Monday.
The manufacturers association of information technology or MAIT, the industry body said sales were down as small enterprises, back office service providers and corporates skipped purchases due to the economic uncertainty, while households put off purchases on concerns of job security.
“With less than expected sales in the households and the enterprises, the desktops recorded a decline in consumption by 15%, while sales of notebooks fell by 30% over the same period last year,” said Vinnie Mehta, executive director of MAIT in a statement
The industry is hopeful that the sales will better in the January-March quarter, he said.
Mait expects annual PC sales to remain flat at 7.3 million units, the same as fiscal 2008-09 (EoM).
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First Published: Mon, Mar 16 2009. 06 00 PM IST