According to market research firm Current Analysis, retail sales of PCs saw a hefty 67 percent jump last week, when Windows Vista equipped PCs started to appear on the market. The recent data was compared to the same period last year. It should also be important to note that the soar in sales comes after a five week period of slow movement in the sector.
Notebooks loaded with Vista Home Premium accounted for 76 percent of all notebook PC sales, while Vista Home Basic represented only 16 percent, according to the report. It also noted that Vista Home Premium notebooks carried an average sales price of $863, while the Home Basic notebook version had an average sales price of $616.
Despite of initial reports that the Windows Vista launch went less noticed than anticipated, I can bet those at least moderately informed were holding off to buy new desktop and laptop PCs that came with the new operating system right out of the box - I know I did. The report was based on sales from major retailers: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Staples and Radio Shack.