Global Sales of PC Grow More Than 20 Percent Global sales of personal computers surged more than 20 percent in the second quarter, according to data released on Wednesday, boosted by strong demand from businesses and the European market. Total shipments in the April-May period climbed 22.4 percent, according to IDC. Gartner put the growth at 20.7 percent in the period. Demand for desktop PCs exceeded expectations, IDC said, as businesses moved ahead with replacing aging computers. At the same time, sales in Europe benefited from healthy sales to both consumers and businesses. Growth in the United States -- where shipments rose 12.6 percent -- and Asia/Pacific came in slightly below expectations. The PC market remains robust, and in a recovery phase, despite challenges to a broader economic recovery, such as slow job growth and a more conservative outlook in Europe and Asia/Pacific," IDC analyst Jay Chou said in a statement. Gartner noted that sales of low-cost netbooks slowed significantly in the face of fresh competition from Apple Inc's iPad tablet device.