BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Shipments of personal computers in Latin America reached 6.3 million units in the first quarter, market researcher Gartner announced last week. That represents a 19.1 percent increase from the same period last year and confirms Latin America as the fastest-growing PC market worldwide. By comparison, Asia grew 19 percent, Europe/Middle East/Africa by 14.9 percent, the United States by 3.0 percent and Japan by a mere 0.6 percent.
"The first quarter started better than expected," says Luis Anavitarte, vice president of research at Gartner.
Despite the period including the summer holidays in the southern cone of South America and carnival celebrations in Brazil in February, which normally paralize the country, PC sales grew strongly, he points out. "Brazil grew fantastically in February," Anavitarte says.
Last year, Latin American PC shipments reached a total of 24 milion units, which was 8.9 percent higher than in 2006 and also the highest increase anywhere. "Many people believe
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