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`PC market grew 32 pc in 2004'

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New Delhi , Feb. 17

LOGGING its strongest ever growth since the year 2000, the Indian personal computer (PC) market is estimated to have jumped 32 per cent in 2004 to notch 3.4 million units.

"IDC India's preliminary market findings on the Indian Desktop and Portable market indicate a growth of 32 per cent in 2004 over 2003. This is the strongest growth seen in these form-factors after 2000 when the market grew by more than 60 per cent," according to a release by research firm IDC.

The study attributed the market's robust performance to several factors including two rounds of duty revisions in the PC hardware space in 2004. "Though the announcement of the revisions did cause a temporary confusion in the market on both occasions, it had an overall accelerating effect on PC shipments during the year. As a positive result of these changes in the tariff structure, a significant portion of the market activity reserved for 2005 was advanced to 2004," Mr Sanjit Sinha, Senior Research Manager, Hardware Group in IDC, said.

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