Third-quarter growth in China's computer market was not as robust as analysts expected but remained steady, according to information technology research firm CCID Consulting. China's computer market was 65.8 billion yuan (about HK$61.7 billion) in the three months to September 30, a year-on-year rise of more than 12 per cent, China Daily quoted CCID as saying. International Data Corp (IDC) has reported that third-quarter personal computer shipments totalled 2.27 million units, up 12.9 per cent year on year. Analysts were expecting to see year-on-year growth of between 20 per cent and 30 per cent. However, at quarter-on-quarter, CCID's findings were more encouraging than IDC's. CCID said sales volume was up 18 per cent in the third quarter from the previous three months, while IDC said quarterly growth was only 8.2 per cent measured by the number of PC shipments. 'The growth just shows China's market is a highlight in the world in such a bad time,' the newspaper quoted CCID president Yang Tianxing as saying. While IDC also said China continued to be a beacon of light for PC vendors amid the gloom in the global market it noted the third-quarter figure was 7 per cent behind previous projections. CCID said strong domestic demand in the summer holidays boosted third-quarter growth. 'The summer holiday for Chinese students played an important role in the growth of the market,' China Daily quoted Mr Zhang as saying.