IDC on Wednesday nudged its forecast for worldwide PC unit shipments in 2004 up by a hair. The Framingham, Mass., market research company predicted that PC unit shipments will total 172.1 million in 2004, an 11.4 percent increase over 2003's 154.5 million units. IDC previously predicted shipments of 170 million units in 2004.
The latest forecast follows a similarly optimistic projection from Gartner, which said last month thatto 187 million in 2004. The two companies use different methods to measure PC shipments and therefore arrive at different totals, but they both agree that a PC market recovery is under way. IDC also predicted that 2005 will see an 11.2 percent increase to 191.4 million units shipped. Following 2005, growth rates should settle down to about 8 percent yearly through 2008, the company said.