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PCs-In-Use Surpassed 600M.
Over 45% of Worldwide PCs Are in Homes.

Buffalo Grove IL, February 25, 2002-
In 2001 the worldwide number of PCs-in-use topped 600M units. In the next six years this number will nearly double to over 1.15B PCs-in-use by year-end 2007-a compound annual growth of 11.4%. The U.S. has the largest number of PCs-in-use with 175M at year-end 2001, but growth is slowing and will increase by only 6.2% per year to reach 251M units in 2007. Despite yearly PC sales of 40M+ units in the US, the annual increase in PCs-in-use will only grow by 13M+ per year due to over 70% PC replacement rates.

The PC replacement rates are much lower in other regions. Asia-Pacific will become the leading region in PCs-in-use by the end of 2002 despite lower annual PC sales than the US Asia-Pacific will reach 367M units PCs-in-use in 2007. W. Europe will also surpass the USA installed base of PCs by 2004. Cell phone subscribers surpassed PCs-in-use in Asia-Pacific in 1997, in W. Europe in 1999 and worldwide in 2000. The US still has more PCs-in-use than cell phone subscribers and this will not change until 2004 or 2005.

PCs-In-Use (millions) 1995 2000 2001 2007
Worldwide 229 530 603 1,150
Share in Homes (%) 35.2 43.5 45.1 52.3
USA 93.5 162 175 251
Share in Homes (%) 35.2 43.5 45.1 52.3
Western Europe 62.4 139 158 285
Share in Homes (%) 39.2 48.5 49.9 52.9
Asia-Pacific 43.6 139 166 367
Share in Homes (%) 29.3 35.8 38.3 53.9

"PCs-in-use will approach saturation in the US soon after 2010 at 300M+ units", says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. "Despite approaching saturation, annual PC sales in the USA will be in the 60M range after 2010 due to PC replacement sales every five years for most PC users."

These are some of the results from a new market research report by eTForecasts. The report has PCs-in-use estimates for 51 countries and six regions of the world from 1980 to 2001 and projection for 2002-2007.

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

  Updated April 22, 2002