25-Year PC Anniversary Statistics
August 14, 2006 -
The next table shows the 25-year growth of the IBM PC and the industry it created. The data includes 5-year periods for PC unit sales and PC retail value. The sales started slowly with 5.7M units from 1981 to 1985, which grew to 855M units in the last 5-year period ending August 2006.
PCs based on the original IBM PC architecture have sold 580M units in 25 years worth nearly $B 1,000 in the USA. Worldwide sales of MS-DOS and Windows PCs since August 1981 have surpassed 1.5B units with a value of $B 3,100. The revenue figures include initial hardware sales only and exclude PC software and services.
The estimates are from two market research reports by eTForecasts. The Worldwide PC report has yearly sales for desktop and mobile PCs for the USA and six regions of the world. The Computers in-use report has PCs in-use estimates for 57 countries, major regions and worldwide.
eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, PDA/Smartphones, cell phones and Internet industries.