ZDNet – PC shipments to decline further than expected; no significant recovery expected

Summary: IDC reckons the number of PCs shipped will decline even further to double-digits. The research firm describes it as the most severe yearly contraction on record.

Based on latest figures from research firm IDC, the PC market will decline even further as this year’s shipments will plummet by 10.1 percent, down from the previous projection of 9.7 percent.

IDC said in a release published Monday it is by far the “most severe yearly contraction on record.”

Because interest in PCs remain limited, the firm explained, as the world increasingly takes up tablets and post-PC devices, there’s little chance of the traditional desktop and notebook market showing positive growth beyond device replacement.

Total shipments are expected to decline by an additional 3.8 percent in 2014, but may show some signs of positive growth in the longer term. Even in emerging markets, which have previously seen increased growth, developing countries are losing interest in PCs with shipments expected to decline in 2014.

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