Latin America’s PC Market to Benefit from Worldwide Slowdown, IDC Says

MIAMI, MARCH 19, 2001 – The PC market should remain strong throughout the Latin American region, despite a downturn in the U.S. economy, according to IDC. By the end of 2001, the total number of desktops and notebooks shipped in the region is expected to reach 9.24 million units for a total value of US$9.4 billion. With over 20% PC unit growth in the region expected in 2001, the sharp decrease in PC sales in the United States is not likely to have a dramatic effect on the Latin American region.


"On the contrary," said Jay Gumbiner, PC market analyst for IDC Latin America, "bloated PC and components inventories in slower economies and the PC downturn in the United States and Western Europe could mean higher PC volumes shipped to emerging markets, leading to lower prices for Latin American consumers."

Although IDC's latest PC forecasts are a bit less aggressive than the previous quarter's, PC unit growth estimates are still among the highest in the world. “Any serious recession in the United States would obviously have an impact on the Mexican economy, first and foremost. Poor macroeconomic indicators, however, are not always an indication of the potential of the PC market " as Argentina has shown to be a high-flyer recently despite anemic GDP growth," Gumbiner added.

Information like the above can be found in IDC's Latin America PC Quarterly Tracker. For more information on the Tracker, please contact Christopher Burgelin at 305-351-3053 or

With a network of six country offices in Latin America and two regional offices – in Silicon Valley and Miami – IDC is the leading supplier of technology market research and consulting on Latin America. IDC provides full market coverage of PCs, mainframes, Unix systems and workstations, servers, desktop printers, professional services, local area networks, the Internet, telecom, RDBMS software, distribution channels, NT, and IT spending patterns in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. IDC Latin America also conducts primary research in Peru, Ecuador, Central America, and the Caribbean. For more information please visit

About IDC

IDC is the foremost global market intelligence and advisory firm helping clients gain insight into technology and ebusiness trends to develop sound business strategies. Using a combination of rigorous primary research, in-depth analysis, and client interaction, IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends to deliver dependable service and client advice. More than 700 analysts in 43 countries provide global research with local content. IDC's customers comprise the world’s leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, ebusiness companies, and the financial community. Additional information can be found at

IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company.


# # #

All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


Recent News

If you would like to interview an IDG employee or quote an article in your news coverage please fill out the form below: