Overall PC shipments in Q209 reached 1.76 million units. This is a sequential growth of 5.2% and an indication that the market is recovering.
Over the same period, desktop PC shipments increased by 4.4% whilst notebook PC shipments increased by 7.2%. HP maintained its top market leader position in the overall PC market with a 17.8% share, followed by HCL and Dell. Mini-notebook PCs also grew in popularity with their shipments doubling quarter-on-quarter. The increase in shipments is a possible indication of a recovering market as the fall in overall PC shipments year-on-year fell from 22.7% to 15.3%. Demand increased partly due to the consumer and education market.
Korea - PC market shows signs of recovery
Source: Korea Herald, 04 September 2009
Improved sales in Korea’s personal computer market are an indication that the sector is recovering from the economic crisis. Local PC sales are forecasted to reach 4.5 million units at US$3.3 billion in 2009.
Local PC sales in Korea increased 3.7% in the second quarter, compared with a year ago. The market leader in Korea’s PC market was Samsung Electronics which had 34.3% of the market, followed by LG Electronics with 15.6% and TG Sambo with 12.2%. Although desktops outsold laptops, laptop sales were growing at a faster rate than desktops.
China - New rules introduced for online music market
Source: The Wall Street Journal Asia, 07 September 2009
China's Ministry of Culture has introduced new rules for its online music market. The new rules make it mandatory for music sites to obtain approval from censors for all foreign songs distributed via the Internet.
The move will affect music services provided by companies such as Google and Baidu and is part of the government’s move to better control the internet. The move might result in tougher action against piracy as most of the music distributed online are currently unlicensed. However, this is likely to result in greater bureaucracy a online music distributors have to provide the Ministry with translated lyrics for each song as well as documentation to prove that no intellectual-property rights have been infringed. Companies providing music-download services will also require an Internet culture license.