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U.S. PCs-In-Use top 200M, cumulative sales surpass 400M
Worldwide cumulative PC sales exceed 1 billion

Buffalo Grove IL, February 25, 2003-
In 2002 the U.S. number of PCs-in-use topped 200M units and cumulative PC sales surpassed 400M. In the next five years another 250M+ PCs will be sold in the USA, but PCs-in-use will only grow by 50M. Despite yearly PC sales of 40M+ units in the USA, the annual increase in PCs-in-use will only grow by 10M per year due to over 75% PC replacement sales. This slow growth is due to high U.S. PC penetration, which reached 712 units per 1,000 people in 2002 and will top 831 in 2007.

Worldwide PCs-in-use surpassed 660M units in 2002 while cumulative PC sales reached nearly 1,080M units. The worldwide increase of PCs-in-use will grow by 61% in the next five years to 1.07B. The worldwide PC penetration is much lower than in the USA with 106 PCs-in-use per 1,000 people at year-end 2002 and 162 PCs per 1,000 people in 2007. Worldwide cumulative PC sales will reach 2B units in 2008-only six years after 1B was reached.

  1985 1990 1995 2000 2002 2007
PCs-in-use (#M) 19.8 48 86 177 206 255
PCs-in-use per 1,000 people (#) 82.9 192.2 323.9 629.5 712.0 831.3
Cumulative PC Sales (#M) 21.4 64.5 139 317 403 661
PCs-in-use (#M) 31.4 98 226 523 663 1,069
PCs-in-use per 1,000 people (#) 6.5 18.7 40.0 86.2 106.4 161.8
Cumulative PC Sales (#M) 35.6 129 329 815 1,077 1,952

"PCs-in-use will approach saturation in the U.S. in about a decade at 320M units", says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. "Despite few new PC buyers after 2010, annual PC sales in the USA will be in the 60M range due to PC replacement sales every five years for most PC users."

These are results from a new market research report by eTForecasts. The report has PCs-in-use estimates for 53 countries and six regions of the world from 1980 to 2002 and projection for 2003-2007.

eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA, information appliances and Internet industries.

  Updated February 25, 2003