New Delhi: Personal computer (PC) sales in the country recorded a 7% negative growth for the first time due to the economic slowdown during the last fiscal 2008-09.
The total PC sale during the last fiscal (2008-09) was 67.9 lakh units, which indicates a decline of 7% over the previous year (2007-08), Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) on Tuesday said.
But with the business sentiment gradually gaining momentum PC consumption in the current fiscal 2009-10 is expected to cross 73 lakh units registering a 7% growth, it added.
“IT consumption in 2008-09 was severely impacted, especially in the second half of the fiscal, by the slowdown. Notebook sales declined by 17% compared to a 114% growth in the previous year and sales of desktops also declined by 4%,” MAIT executive director Vinnie Mehta told reporters in Delhi.
During the year 2008-09, multinational brands accounted for 51% of the total desktop market registering an 8% growth over the previous year. Meanwhile, the market share of the Indian brands fell to 18% from 22%.
Assembled and unbranded systems also witnessed a de-growth in their market share to 31% from 33% in the previous fiscal.