India, said IDC, showed a year on year growth of 4.8 percent for 2013, with 11.5 million units shipping.
Of course India has a population of over one billion people but it has never adopted the PC platform wholeheartedly.
The growth, said IDC, was largely due to state governments buying as part of a scheme to distribute free laptops to students.
And the enterprise segment managed 6.7 million units in 2013 – up 15.8 percent.
There are negative factors impacting the market, said IDC. Those include weak growth, slowdown in hiring people, the devaluation of the rupee and layoffs in the enterprise market.
And if you split out the consumer part of the market, that showed a year on uear decline of 7.4 percent. The teapot in the broom cupboard are sales of smartphones and tablets.