Brian Bergstein at the AP:
Personal computer shipments grew roughly 10 percent in the second quarter despite soft sales in Europe, two influential research firms reported Wednesday.
Researchers at IDC said worldwide PC shipments grew 9.7 percent. Analysts at Gartner Inc., who use slightly different measurement methods, pegged the increase at 11.0 percent.
And what is good for PC sales is good for Microsoft, although the market is clearly cooling with maturity:
Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s worldwide quarterly PC tracker, said the industry appears to be settling into a period of 10 percent annual growth rates, which remains healthy although lower than the rates closer to 15 percent seen in the past few years.