The second quarter has seen worldwide shipments of personal computers rise 16.6 percent
. Shipments have been driving to their highest quarterly growth rate in nearly five years. At least, that's the word from IDC.
A report from another technology research firm, Gartner Inc., put overall growth at a more modest 14.8 percent for the April-June period. Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner uses slightly different measurement methods than IDC, of Framingham, Mass.
IDC said the 16.6 percent gain compared with the same quarter a year ago was the fastest growth rate since PC shipments posted an 18.9 percent year-over-year increase in the third quarter of 2000.
Low-cost desktop computers and more affordable laptops seem to have helped to drive this trend.