World in figures: Industries: IT hardware

The IT hardware market will expand by 5% in 2013, a similar pace to the year before. Growth in India will outpace that in other large emerging markets, with aggregate sales of PCs, servers, peripherals and related equipment surging by nearly 20%. PC penetration will remain low—only one computer for every ten Indians—so much scope remains for further expansion.

Elsewhere, the traditional desktop computer will keep losing ground to mobile devices. Demand for laptops, which account for 60% of global computer shipments, will grow by 10%, five times faster than for desktop PCs, according to IDC, a research firm. Tablets will grow faster still, by more than 30%. Apple’s expanding iPad line will account for more than 60% of this market, although the ranks of challengers will grow.

The proliferation of data-generating devices is a boon for the storage industry. Including the public internet and corporate networks, global data traffic is expanding by 30% a year, and will reach a mind-boggling 3.5 zettabytes (trillion gigabytes) in 2013, according to Cisco, an equipment-maker.

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