The PC market in Romania grew in both sales and volume terms in the first quarter of 2007, a new study says. The ICD study shows some 210,000 PCs were sold during the period, up 35% compares to Q1 2006, while the value of the market exceeded 180 million USD, 43.4% more than the same period last year.

While desktop computer sales still cover most PC sales, notebook sales also grew at an impressive pace with 57.6% more sold in Q1 this year compared to Q1 2006.

According to the IDC study, the growth is due both to more trust among consumers after Romania’s accession to the EU and the development of the retail sector, accompanied by an overall growth of the economy.

In a market based almost exclusively on imports, the continuous fall of the RON/USD exchange rate allowed vendors to provide stronger system configurations at lower prices, especially in the notbook segment., IDC Romania analyst Calin Mirea said.