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PC sales register 34% annual growth: IDC India

Bangalore: Personal computer sales in India touched 23.7 lakh units during April-June 2010, recording a 34% year-on-year growth, consulting firm IDC India said. Sale of PCs during the period increased by 5.8% quarter-on-quarter, reports PTI.

Desktop PC sales accounted for nearly two-thirds of total PC sales at 15.6 lakh units, representing a 24% increase year-on-year. Sales of notebook computers grew at 61% year-on-year, recording 8.05 lakh shipments.

In the overall PC (notebooks and desktops combined) market, Dell emerged as the market leader for the first time with a share of 15.2%, while HP (14.3%) and Acer (11.5%) took the second and third spots, respectively, IDC India said in a statement.

In desktop PC shipments, HP retained its top position with a market share of 10.2%, followed by HCL and Acer in second and third spots, respectively during the April-June quarter.

In terms of notebook PC shipments, Dell reclaimed the top spot with a market share of 29.2% in the period, HP slipped back to the second position, while Acer was ranked at number three.

"The April-June quarter traditionally shows a small sequential dip in PC sales. The sequential growth of 6% in overall India PC shipments in 2Q 2010 points to the continuing economic revival," stated Anirban Banerjee, associate vice president, research, IDC India.

"An exciting product portfolio, strong channel support and an effective after sales service network are becoming increasingly important to sustain growth in this competitive market," said Sumanta Mukherjee, lead PC analyst, IDC India.

"Timely rollout of third generation (3G) services in the country will influence the overall PC market fortunes in the first half of 2011, especially in the mini-notebook PC and notebook PC segments," Mr Mukherjee added.
 

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HC refuses to direct PM to decide on a complaint against Raja

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court (HC) today refused to direct the prime minister (PM) to take a decision on a complaint seeking his sanction to prosecute telecom minister A Raja for his alleged involvement in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam, reports PTI.

The court dismissed the plea of Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy seeking its direction to the PM to decide on granting sanction against his Cabinet colleague Mr Raja on a complaint pending before the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for the last two years.

The court passed the order after the Centre contended that it was premature to take a decision on granting sanction against Mr Raja in view of the ongoing investigation by CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"In our considered opinion when the matter is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and it is in progress, it is not in fitness of things to pass any order," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, adding "We are not inclined to interfere in the matter".

Mr Swamy pleaded before the court that an explanation from the PM be sought for not acting against Mr Raja in the matter.

He submitted that the prime minister should have decided on his application which was pending before him for the last two years.

"If he thinks that the material placed by me is worthless, then he should have rejected my application. But he cannot sit on my plea," he said.

Referring to a communication by PMO, Mr Swamy had submitted that the prime minister refused to decide on his complaint on the ground that the CBI has registered a case against some unknown persons in alleged 2G spectrum allocation irregularities and investigations were still going on.

"The government should explain why there is delay. The government should be compelled to say how long it will take to decide on the issue as Rs60,000 crore is involved in it," he had pleaded.

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