By Matthew Southwell
Although the number of worldwide PC shipments declined in the second quarter of 2002, the mobile PC sector has continued to show positive growth.
Although the number of worldwide PC shipments declined in the second quarter of 2002, the mobile PC sector has continued to show positive growth. According to preliminary figures from Gartner Dataquest, the total number of worldwide mobile PC shipments was 6.9 million for Q2, a 6.1% increase from Q1’s figure of 6.5 million units.The analyst house reports that the Japanese and Latin American markets showed the most growth while the US mobile PC market grew 9.3 percent year over year. One of the key factors in this growth was ‘back-to-school’ purchases.“The mobile PC market grew in most regions except for Japan and Latin America. The, supported by the beginning of back-to-school purchases, as well as orders from educational institutions," explains Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.From the vendor’ perspective, Toshiba enjoyed the highest growth with 11.4%. However, by boosting its market share by 10.6%, Dell virtually tied with HP in terms of market share as the vendors boasted 14.2% and 15.6% respectively.Furthermore, Smulders expects the mobile PC market to continue growing faster than the desktop market. In order to get ahead, he suggests that laptop vendors “need to continue to focus resources on delivering value-based notebook products to the consumer market."