The recent economic slowdown doesn't seem to have hit PC shipments, with fourth quarter figures for 2007 showing continued double-digit growth. 

Both IDC and Gartner have shown healthy growth for the period, with IDC saying PC shipments rose 15,5% for the last quarter; and Gartner showing a 13,1% increase.
Although HP is still the world's biggest PC company, with the most uints sold, rapid growth around the world is believed to have been driven by new campaigns and sales models
Intel yesterday reported sterling figures, although they were slightly lower than analysts had hoped.
Although the chip-maker predicts slower growth in the first quarter of 2008, some analysts disagree, with IDC prediciting double-figure growth through to next year.
For the full year, IDC says PC shipments grew 14,3% to 269-million units; while Garnter has it that 271,2-million new PCs were sold for a growth of 13,4%.
Both analysts place HP as the top-performing PC supplier, followed by Dell, Acer, Lenovo and then Toshiba.