Sales volume worldwide grew rapidly in the late 1990s but declined during the early 2000s recession. Sales increased again for the rest of the decade though more slowly in the late 2000s recession. After a substantial growth into 2010, sales volume has remained fairly stable, until a substantial dip starting in 2013 caused by the switch to pads.
(*) Figures include desktop PCs, mobile PCs, and servers using the Intelx86 processor architecture. 1996-1999 figures exclude x86 PCs.
^ abCompaq and IBM Winners in 1996 Market Share. PCWorld. January 27, 1997
^ abcdGartnerGroup's Dataquest Says U.S. and Europe Boost 1998 Worldwide PC Growth. Gartner Press Release. January 29, 1999.
^ abGartnerGroup's Dataquest Says Worldwide PC market Topped 21 Percent Growth in 1999. Gartner Press Release. January 24, 2000.
^ abGartner Dataquest Says PC market Experienced Slight Upturn in 2002, but Industry Still Shows No Signs of Strong Rebound. Gartner Press Release. January 17, 2003.
^ abGartner Says PC Vendors Experienced a Happy Holiday Season with Fourth Quarter Worldwide Shipments Increasing 12 Percent. Gartner Press Release. January 14, 2004.
^ abGartner Says Strong Mobile Sales Lift Worldwide PC Shipments to 12 Percent Growth in 2004. Gartner Press Release. January 18, 2005.
^ abGartner Says EMEA Region Became Largest PC market in the World Based on Unit Shipments in 2005. Gartner Press Release. January 18, 2006.
^ abGartner Says Hewlett-Packard Takes Clear Lead in Fourth Quarter Worldwide PC Shipments and Creates a Virtual Tie with Dell for 2006 Year-End Results. Gartner Press Release. January 17, 2007
^ abAbdullah Says Worldwide PC market Grew 13 Percent in 2007. Gartner Press Release. January 16, 2008. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "2007_PC" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).