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PC market touches Rs. 3,797 cr. in H1: IDC

NEW DELHI, DEC. 19. Despite the slowdown in the economy, the Indian IT industry has continued on its growth path with the PC segment touching Rs. 3,797 crores in value terms in the first half of 2000-01, up 63 per cent from Rs. 2,326 crores in the corresponding period last year.

``In the first half of 2000-01, more than 8.5 lakh PCs were shipped. Of these about one-third found their way into Indian homes," according to the latest IDC India performance index.

The period in reference was particularly good for the servers market which touched Rs. 713 crores in value terms, reflecting a growth of 45 per cent from Rs. 491 crores in the same period previous year.

Overall, the industry performance index of the IT sector grew to 159.5 in the first six months of the current fiscal, representing a jump of more than 35 points over the preceding six months and highlighting the fact that the performance of the industry was improving significantly between two successive periods.

The IDC's performance index is a surrogate measure of the performance of the Indian IT industry as compared to the base period (H1 1999-2000). It is the normalist weighted score of the domestic industry size across the various it product categories.

The performance index further reflected that the Indian workstation market had grown by 23 per cent to Rs. 107 crores in the first half of 2000-01 from Rs. 87 crores in the corresponding period in the previous year.

According to IDC, the area network (LAN) hardware market also witnessed a spectacular performance notching a growth of 65 per cent to touch a value of Rs. 404 crores during the period, mainly owing to strong growth in demand for products such as switches and routers.

"Apart from the strong demand from the Internet service provider (ISP) segment, large amounts of LAN hardware is also being bought by software exporters. In addition, the call centre business is also booming in India, thereby adding to the demand for LAN hardware," it said.Referring to the peripheral market as the largest beneficiary of the boom in the computing products market, it said that the market for monitors crossed Rs. 807 crores in the first half of the current fiscal, a 60 per cent jump, over Rs. 503 crores in the same period last year.

"The market for monitors crossed the million unit market in the first half, representing a growth of 44 per cent in unit terms. The growth in value terms was much higher as the market made a sudden transition towards wider monitors," it said.

- PTI

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