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Tablet PCs, Notebooks Drive Double-Digit PC Growth

Notebook computers will post healthy growth over the next four years and will remain the largest segment of the PC market.
Surging sales of tablet computers and continuing robust demand for notebook PCs will drive a 13 percent increase in global PC unit shipments in 2011, according to researcher IC Insights. The increase follows a 19 percent rise in PC sales in 2010.

The number of PCs shipped will increase from 366 million in 2010 to 402 million in 2011.

Tablet computers, such as Apple iPad, will post the strongest growth rate. Tablet computer shipments will grow from 17 million in 2010 to 49 million in 2011, an increase of 190 percent, reported IC Insights.

Notebook computer shipments will rise to 14 percent to 182 million. Notebook shipments combined with tablet computer sales will drive total portable PC unit shipments 23 percent to 250 million units. That means portable computers will account for 62 percent of worldwide PC shipments in 2011, compared to 58 percent of the total in 2010 and just 31 percent in 2005, according to IC Insights.

Tablet computers' share of the PC market will grow from just 5 percent in 2010 to 24 percent in 2014.
By 2014, 72 percent of PCs sold will be portable, and tablets will account for 24 percent of the projected 557 million units sold that year.

While tablet computers shipments will rise, netbook shipments will decline. Sales of netbooks will drop from 26 million in 2009 to 10 million in 2014, reported IC Insights.