International Data Corporation and NPD INTELECT Join Forces to Produce United States Handheld SellView

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August 16, 1999 — International Data Corporation (IDC) and NPD INTELECT Market Tracking today announced plans to jointly produce a new research product designed to analyze sell-through activity (product sales through key distribution channels) of handheld devices in the U.S. marketplace.

Called United States Handheld SellView, the product combines NPD INTELECT's data-rich sell-through information with IDC's recognized leadership in competitive, technology, market, and end-user analysis in the smart handheld arena.

The two companies selected the smart handheld industry as the first product category in which to combine research capabilities because of its high-growth and dynamic nature. "The U.S. smart handheld market is brimming with new products, operating systems, and designs," said Bruce Stephen, IDC group vice president of worldwide Personal Systems research. "The ability to accurately measure and analyze changes in product sell through is critical to understanding and making adjustments to tactical market strategies."

"United States Handheld SellView is the ideal product for a joint venture between NPD INTELECT and IDC," said Sima Vasa, vice president of NPD INTELECT. "IDC brings to NPD INTELECT's comprehensive hardware sell-through data a new dimension of analysis. This combination will make the resulting product invaluable to the information technology industry."

United States Handheld SellView will analyze U.S. quarterly sell-through data for the pen-based and keyboard-based products of the smart handheld market, such as personal companions and PC companions. Data and analysis will focus on distribution channels, vendor market share, price bands, and operating systems. United States Handheld SellView is slated to debut in November with analysis of Q3 1999 data.

For additional information on United States Handheld SellView, please contact Randy Giusto (IDC) at 508-935-4712, or George Meier (NPD INTELECT) at 516-625-2439.

About NPD INTELECT Market Tracking

NPD INTELECT Market Tracking is a leading provider of sales tracking services for manufacturers and retailers of consumer electronics, home appliances, information technology, and imaging products. A joint venture of two leading marketing information providers, The NPD Group, Inc. and GfK AG, NPD INTELECT offers subscribers data-rich and convergence-ready information with global reach. Data are collected from comprehensive panels representing each industry's key distribution channels around the world. The company's clients include most of the manufacturers and retailers in each industry NPD INTELECT tracks.

About IDC

International Data Corporation delivers accurate, relevant, and high-impact data and insight on information technology to help organizations make sound business and technology decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide IT markets and adoption and technology trends, and analyzes IT products and vendors, using a combination of rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC is committed to providing global research with local content through more than 500 analysts in more than 40 countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, and the financial community. Additional information on IDC can be found on its Web site at http://www.idc.com.

IDC is a division of International Data Group, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.

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