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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : December 04, 2013

Global PC sales fall for sixth consecutive quarter

Global sales of PCs are expected to fall for the sixth quarter in a row, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation.

by Helen Leggatt

As tablets and smartphones become ever more popular with consumers, the desktop computer is struggling to keep up. A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) updates a previously predicted fall in sales of 9.7% for 2013 to 10.1%.

This is the sixth consecutive quarter in which global PC shipments have decreased with senior IDC researcher Jay Chou highlighting the major concern for future PC demand as being a lack of reasons to replace an older system.

"While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device - for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones - PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available," said Chou.

"And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth."

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Tags: computer sales, electronics industry, global, PC shipments

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