Loving Laptops

LOS ANGELES – Santa’s lap won’t be the only one occupied this holiday season.

Sales of laptop computers surged in 2007, helping to boost the entire PC business from a weak showing at the end of 2006, according to research by market research firm IDC. Changes in the laptop landscape–including shapes, weight, sizes, and prices–mean more people the world over are finding a comfortable spot for portable computers.

Total worldwide shipment of PCs improved 16% over the previous year during the third quarter of 2007. By contrast, PC shipments during the fourth quarter of 2006 had grown only 7.9% from a year earlier.

That growth was driven strongly by enthusiasm for portables: Worldwide, portable PC shipment growth grew 33.8% in 2007, up from 26.3% growth in the previous year. Growth in the U.S. market was also overshadowed by international markets, where portable PC growth for the year was 39.7%, up from 29.1% in 2006.

In India, the third quarter of 2007 saw growth in laptop sales up more than 99% compared to a year earlier, according to Gartner. Total unit sales reached about 500,000.

Read more: forbes.com

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