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Desktop still down, laptop still up

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The IT market continues to remain very weak but the good performance in the laptop sector makes the quarter's data less difficult to digest.

A Gartner survey that refers to the second quarter of the year shows that PC sales have fallen by 1% compared to the uninspiring same period of 2001 but also contextually reports that laptop sales continue to grow.

According to Gartner's analysis, in fact, the laptop market showed an interesting + 6.1% with 6.9 million units compared to 6.5 million in 2001.

The segment favored by the drop in prices and the release of increasingly interesting machines in terms of performance and in comparison with desktops. In particular it would have positively affected the release of the Pentium 4-M with 2 GHz speed.

HP ranks first in the world, which has just completed a merger with Compaq but which accuses a drop of 0.6%, followed by Dell which is closely following it (14.9 against 14.7%) . Behind them, Toshiba which conquers 12.8% of the market, growing by 11.4% compared to the same period last year. Behind IBM, fourth with 10.7%, lies Sony with 7.1%.

All geographic areas have experienced an increase in laptop sales. Only Japan and Latin America show negative indices.

According to Gartner, the laptop market will continue to be more alive than the desktop market at least throughout 2002 and 2003.