Global PC Shipments Falling Faster than Usual

Market research firm IDC has reported that PC shipments all over the world is falling faster than predicted as consumers prefer purchasing tablets and smartphones, as well as weaker shipments in China.

The slower shipments last month in China, which accounts for over one-fifth of global PC shipments, is contributed to government budget cuts and anti-corruption measures among other factors. Because of this, IDC says that global PC shipments could fall by a “double-digit” percentage in the first quarter, compared to last quarter’s estimated decline of 7.7 percent.

And this trend may stay that way for the whole year. In an interview with Reuters, IDC analyst Loren Loverde says world PC shipments is estimated to dropped between 1.8 percent and 2 percent for all of 2013.

“Even getting to positive growth in the second half of 2013 will take some attractive new PC designs and more competitive pricing relative to tablets and other products,” Loverde says.

Concerns over weak PC sales have resulted to several financial analysts and PC-related companies lowering their forecasts, such as PC chipmaker Intel trimming down sales results on first quarter. The company expects a revenue between $12.2 billion and $13.2 billion in the March quarter. Intel’s processors are used in 80 percent of PCs.

Source: Reuters

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