Despite overall improvement in business scenario, sale of personal computers has failed to pick up in the current fiscal. The half-yearly review by Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) has said PC sales has so far shown just one per cent growth in the first six months of 2009-10 at 37-lakh units.

“Total PC sales between April and September 2009, with desktop computers, notebooks and netbooks taken together, were 37.1 lakh units. Given the current macro-economic conditions and conservative buying sentiment in the market, PC sales are expected to cross 73 lakh units in the current fiscal, registering a growth of 7 per cent,” MAIT said in its latest ‘Industry Performance Review’.

“Although the sales growth was subdued in the enterprises, the overall consumption in the PC market was led by telecom, banking and financial service and insurance, education and household segments,” MAIT Executive Director Vinnie Mehta told journalists here. According to MAIT President Ravi Aggarwal, “It is worrisome that while most sectors of the Indian economy have started reviving, the overall sentiment in the IT hardware business remains sluggish.” MAIT has strongly recommended that 8 per cent excise duty on all IT products and components be maintained. It has also stressed on the removal of 4 per cent special additional duty (SAD), he said.

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