According to IHS iSuppli, who recently released a new brief discussing the logistics of the PC industry, China became the world’s largest PC market last year, at least in terms of annual sales. Part of the staggering growth rate in China is due to the literal millions of rural citizens that have, until now, gone without a PC in the home.
In terms of raw numbers, the world’s most populous country also sold the most, moving just shy of 70 million units, while the U.S. came in second place with 3 million fewer.
Many of the first time buyers prefer desktop computers, which is what led to the sudden spate of purchasing. Curiously, according to the report, China has a unique computer market where the consumer/commercial buy is split down the middle; in other regions it’s closer to a 65-35 split.
iSuppli noted that it was unlikely for China to return the first place status back to the U.S., now that it’s achieved it, though the market this year is likely to grow only a couple of points as users turn to the exciting mobile and smartphone segments.