The United States is lagging the rest of the world in terms of growth of PC shipments, according to preliminary research from Gartner.
Worldwide PC shipments jumped 15.3 percent last year, the Connecticut-based research firm said Wednesday. However, shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa outpaced the United States. In 2005, shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa jumped 17.1 percent, to 72.7 million units. At the same time, shipments in the United States grew 7.5 percent to 67 million units, Gartner said.
"This slowdown was mainly driven by poor desk-based PC sales," said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst in Gartners' computing platforms worldwide group. "Professional mobile PC growth was very steady."
Gartner said, in general, portable computer shipments were growing faster than desktop computers. To some extent, growth in the portable computer segment came at the expense of the desktop computers. Gartner said many shipped PCs were still sitting in warehouses.
"Concerns over inventory continue to exist," Gartner said. "With the exception of Hewlett-Packard, all the vendors increased their average days of inventory over 2004."
Dell, with a 16.8 percent market share in 2005, saw its shipments grow faster than the industry average last year, with shipments climbing 18.6 percent.
"Hewlett-Packard also did well in non-U.S. markets in the fourth quarter, but it performed a little below the U.S. average," Gartner said.