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PCs In-Use Surpass 900M in 2005
USA Accounts for over 25% of PCs In-Use

May 16, 2006 -
PCs in-use topped 900M units worldwide in 2005. The U.S. has a large PC usage lead with over three times as many PCs as the second place Japan. The U.S. accounts for over 25% of all PCs in-use compared to 4.6% of worldwide population. PCs in-use growth is slowing, but the U.S. is on track to have more PCs in-use than people in five or six years.  In-use growth will continue because the PC is expanding its domain with new product categories such as Media Center PCs, tablet PCs, Ultra-Mobile PCs and handheld PCs. The rapid growth of mobile PCs is the major reason for current and future PC expansion.

Top 15 Countries in PCs In-Use

Year-end 2005:

PCs In-Use (#M)

Share %

1. U.S. 230.4 25.5
2. Japan 73.66 8.15
3. China 63.52 7.03
4. Germany  50.42 5.58
5. UK 38.62 4.27
6. France 32.40 3.58
7. South Korea 28.38 3.14
8. Italy 25.96 2.87
9. Canada  23.77 2.63
10. Russia  22.76 2.52
11. Brazil 22.40 2.46
12. India 16.98 1.88
13. Australia 14.62 1.62
14. Mexico 12.79 1.41
15. Spain 12.01 1.33
Top 15 Countries 668.57 73.96
Worldwide Total 903.93 100

PCs per capita in the U.S. have reached 78% and will remain higher than cell phones for a few more years. USA and Canada are the only countries that have more PCs in-use than cell phone subscribers. Worldwide PCs in-use will surpass 1B in early 2007. 

More information is available in "Computers In-Use By Country", a yearly market research report by eTForecasts. The report estimates and forecasts the number of PCs in-use for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1990 through 2011.

eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA/Smartphones, cell phones and Internet industries.

 
 
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