Gadgets & Electronics

China Forecast: Laptops Up, Mobiles Down?

The Ministry of Information Industry has recently forecast that laptop computer and digital television sales will see a boom this year, while sales of cellphones–the highest in the world in 2003–may slip.

According to the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID), a consultancy company under the Ministry, in 2004, laptop computer sales will increase from 1 million to around 8 million, while digital TV receivers will rise from 1 million to 30 million within two years.

However in 2003, China sold 80 million cellphones, just half of its production volume, with Motorola, Nokia and Siemens all claiming that their actual sales last year failed to meet expectations.

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