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Optimism About PC Sales...At Last

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, September 10, 2003

At long last... optimism over sales of PCs. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. After what seemed like an endless slump... there is evidence that consumers and businesses have been in the market for new PCs lately. Merrill Lynch has raised its PC sales forecast for this year... and next year... when it sees a return to double digit growth in unit sales. At Systemax... which has cracked into the list of top ten computer makers as part of a company that includes Tiger Direct... Sean Aryai says...

"We've seen increased sales in especially notebooks, also in the server line, we're starting to see an uptick in sales. But overall, sales are starting to pick up this year, which is a great sign for the industry and the economy."

Systemax sells notebook PCs for as low as eight hundred dollars... and has gone as low as 500 dollars for a desktop that includes a flat LCD monitor... .

"And it's a Pentium 4 desktop. Starts of with 128 megabytes, upgradable to 2 gigabytes and the hard drive is a 40 gigabyte hard drive and it's upgradeable to 180 gigabytes."

A new Systemax Windows Media Center PC sells for under 13 hundred dollars. Like rival eMachines, Systemax says it has been paying more attention to improving customer support... claiming the average time before calls to its help line are answered... is now 30 seconds or less. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.