IDC Japan has forecast that Japan's PC market will grow by 20 per cent in 2000.

Four manufacturers seized increased market share in 1999, Apple, Sony, Toshiba and Dell. Apple took 5.9 per cent (639,000 PCs) up from 5.1 per cent (407,000 PCs) in 1998. Apple was helped by the strong demand for its iMacs and iBooks. Apple is the sixth largest manufacturer by sales in Japan.

Sony took 6.8 per cent of the market in 1999, up from 3.8 per cent in 1998. This was helped by demand for its VAIO range. Dell took 3.7 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent, and Toshiba had 7.2 per cent, up from 7.0 per cent.

NEC took the largest slice, shipping 2.4 million units, but this was a fall to 22.2 per cent from 27.2 per cent a year earlier. Fujitsu had the second largest share - 20.7 per cent, against 23.1 per cent a year previous.

IBM took 10.1 per cent of the market and Hitachi 4.3 per cent, down from 5.3 per cent. Compaq seized 4.2 per cent of the market, down from 4.3 per cent.