According to DisplaySearch, 2Q 2009 was lucrative for netbook industry giants, with 38 million netbook sales contributing to 22.2% of the PC market.
Demand grew 40% over the first quarter, compared to 22% growth over the same period by notebooks.
Growth wasn’t identical among all regions, however, with Latin America and China seeing the most gains. Many first-time buyers in those regions are opting for cheaper netbooks in the current tough economy.
Credit is also due to providers of mobile broadband, whose netbook subsidies and 3G programs have been attractive to budgeting parents and students.