Taiwanese PC makers are seeing the trend of replacing desktop computers with notebooks slowing.

Global shipments of desktops are likely to grow 7-10 per cent this year, as opposed to previous estimates of 3 per cent, claims DigiTimes.

Manufacturers also lowered their anticipated growth projections for global notebook shipments for 2004 to between 20 and 25 per cent, down from the 25 to 30 per cent originally anticipated.

While notebook demand in Europe continues to rise, its rate of growth has slowed down, the manufacturers said, citing IDC data.

Improvements in the functionality of desktop machines have also spurred consumer sales, the report claims.