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Notebook computers led PC shipments to the strongest quarter in more than a year, said research firm IDC on Wednesday. Shipments in the U.S. were up 24% from a year earlier and Worldwide PC shipments increased 15% from Q4 of 2008.

IDC saw pent-up demand for new computers in a reviving U.S. economy along with year over year comparisons with a much weaker quarter as the recession deepened in late 2008.

"The U.S. market exploded," said IDC analyst David Daoud

You'll remember it was Intel (INTC) that predicted in June last year that 2009 Q4 growth would be anything but lackluster.

Source: PC Shipments Rocket Higher in Q4