As the spread of the coronavirus grew, forcing more people to work from home in the first quarter (ended March 31), demand for PC computers and related gear ballooned.
New data from The NPD Group found PC sales in the period increased 16% to $2.4 billion. Further reinforcing the need for additional hardware as more people telecommuted, landline headset sales grew 50.9% and stereo headphones sales skyrocketed 65.4% compared with the prior year.
“As everyone’s jobs and schedules have been flipped upside-down, procuring additional hardware to set-up suitable work-from-home and distance learning environments became a priority, driving additional demand in the channel,” Mike Crosby, director and B2B technology industry analyst at The NPD Group, said in a statement.
According to the report, storage and data protection software sales grew 12.5%, while security software sales grew 5.3%, representing nearly a quarter of the sales in the software market during this time.
“With more points of entry, an organization’s network becomes increasingly vulnerable to [cyber] attacks by shoring up additional security and data protection software, businesses are hoping to ensure the same levels of protection they experienced while working in-office,” Crosby said.