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.
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