The mobile computing industry may be among those starting to show signs of green shoots appearing in the economic landscaple.
That's according to Christopher Riley, CEO of The Notebook Company, who says: “During the first six months of this year sales were down – in fact, our sales were around 20% down on last year. But during August we suddenly noticed a resurged interest in laptop sales, with sales increasing by 25%.
"The rebound was stronger than we anticipated – we were only looking at a small recovery during the first and second quarters of next year,” says Riley.
“April was a disastrous month, for instance. People just stopped spending. But I think consumer and business confidence is starting to return now and those purchases and upgrades – which were put on hold – are now starting to come through.”
Riley says that, during the past six months, repairs and upgrades were "far more robust than new sales", but he believes that the latest sales statistics might reflect what could be a bottoming out of the laptop market.