Indian PC Sales Drop 7 Percent

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PC sales in India were down 7 percent compared to the previous fiscal year, as a result of the economic downturn in the country, according to a survey by a trade body.Sales in the Indian fiscal year to March 31 were 6.8 million units, the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT) said on Tuesday. While desktop sales declined by 4 percent, the highest drop of 17 percent was in sales of notebook computers. In the previous year, notebook computer sales were up 114 percent, according to MAIT.About 5.3 million desktops were sold in the year, with notebook computers, including netbooks, accounting for 1.51 million units. The netbook, a new category of low-cost notebook computers, caught the fancy of consumers, MAIT said. Sales of netbooks crossed 70,000 in the fiscal year.MAIT is now forecasting growth of 7 percent to over 7.3 million units in the fiscal year to March 31, 2010. A revival in the market was already evident in the January to March quarter, MAIT said.Growth by 7 percent in the current fiscal year may not reflect a strong rebound in the market, because there were two bad quarters in the last fiscal year, according to some analysts.A return to strong double-digit growth is likely only in the third quarter of the next calendar year, Kapil Dev Singh, country manager at research firm IDC India said on Wednesday.

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