The Rise of the Laptop

For the first time, notebook sales have surpassed sales of desktop PCs, garnering 54 percent of the retail computer market.

In May, according to the NPD Group, a sales and marketing research firm based in Port Washington, New York, notebook computer sales finally surpassed sales of traditional PCs. Notebooks now account for 54 percent of the nearly $500 million retail computer market, the firm says, up from only 25 percent in January 2000.

"Notebooks sales have grown pretty steadily in recent months," says Stephen Baker, director of industry analysis at NPD Group. "In retail stores, theyve just edged in front of desktops in terms of dollar volume."

Baker also says that May was the first time LCDs garnered a larger market share than CRTs. In May 2002, LCDs accounted for only 22 percent of all monitor sales. In 2003, that figure more than doubled, rising to 52 percent.

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