Kathryn Huberty

PC sales spike with Windows 7 debut

November 3, 2009: 7:03 AM ET

Just three days were enough to push computer sales for the week up 40%

Windows 7 sales spike

Click to enlarge. Source: Morgan Stanley, NPD

The sharp spike in the chart at right is the Windows 7 effect PC makers have been waiting for.

In a note to clients issued Monday afternoon, Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty reports that NPD data for the week ending Oct. 24 -- which included three days of Windows 7 sales -- show PC sales jumping 40% year over year.

This was particularly encouraging, she writes, because sales in the early part of the week likely reflected the same pre-Windows 7 declines as the previous two weeks. PC buying for the weeks of Oct. 17 and Oct. 10 was down 29% and 2%, respectively, as consumers waited for Microsoft's (MSFT) new operating system to launch.

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