Beijing: The chief executive of Dell Inc said on Thursday that shipments in unit terms in China grew 28% in fiscal 2009 as the mainland accounted for about 5% of the company’s global business.
Chief executive Michael Dell also told reporters that the world’s second-largest personal computer maker purchased $23 billion of products from China last year.
“Our business in China grew in units by 28%,” Dell said at an event to introduce the firm’s newest products.
Dell said last year purchases from China would increase 26% to $29 billion in 2009, helping it reduce costs while the company’s main market, the United States, faced recession.
“Last year we spent $23 billion in China, and that made us one of the largest purchasers of electronic equipment and goods in China and one of the largest exporters,” he said.
Dell said customers were still hesitant to buy, but the company had seen “steady” orders since the middle of January.
Dell is also facing an uphill battle with network equipment maker Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard. Cisco has announced a foray into the server market and HP has started to offer a more complete package of technology services to its corporate clients after its purchase of EDS.