"Mizoguchi said innovative PC models had attracted younger users buying PCs for the first time, but added that replacement demand still accounts for 80 percent of buyers.
'New-style PCs were crucial in lifting PC sales during the (Christmas) season,' Mizoguchi said.
Industry officials say Apple Computer Inc should have sold 120,000 units of the turquoise blue, egg-shaped iMac in the four months since its August launch in Japan.
They estimate Sony's Vaio notebook October-December sales at around 120,000 also.
Analysts say the success of iMac and Vaio notebooks indicate consumers are looking for style and design as well as megahertz and bytes."
One thing is for sure, the Japanese market is certainly picking up for Apple. 120,000 units sold accounts for some 15% of over all iMac sales for the period. This makes Japan a major market for Apple which would explain even more why Steve Jobs is doing the keynote at MacWorld Expo Tokyo '99.