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  • Japan’s 1999 PC Server Market to Grow 19 Pct.: IDC Japan
  • March 19, 1999 (TOKYO) — IDC Japan Ltd. projected that Japan’s shipments of PC servers will increase 19.4 percent to reach 244,000 units in 1999, outpacing the growth in 1998.
    This estimate is based on the signs of recovery in the shipments in the fourth quarter of 1998.

    IDC Japan said that substantial latent demand exists for PC servers. It also said that the PC server market will expand due to the introduction of new products featuring up to eight microprocessors and the spread of the Linux operating system.

    A total of 204,410 PC servers were shipped in Japan last year, for an increase of 14.9 percent. The growth slowed in 1998 because potential buyers held back on purchases amid the recession.

    NEC Corp. increased its shipments to 55,600 units, posting an increase of 33.3 percent from a year earlier, and it retained the top market share at 27.2 percent. Fujitsu Ltd. ranked second, with shipments totaling 28,950 units and a market share of 14.2 percent, rising from the third position in 1997.

    Compaq Computer K.K. ranked third, down from the second ranking in the previous year. Compaq’s shipments declined by 12 percent to 27,930 units, in part because of its inventory adjustments in the first half of 1998.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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