Thursday, 6 March 2014 00:39
REUTERS: Global shipments of personal computers fell 9.8% last year, the worst contraction on record, and are likely to decline by 6.1% in 2014 due to lacklustre demand in developing countries, according to market research firm IDC.
IDC had expected PC shipments to fall 10.1% last year but it said that the fourth quarter benefited from a slight boost as old computers running Microsoftâ€™s XP operating system, which the software company is due to stop supporting in April, were replaced.
â€śEmerging markets used to be a core driver of the PC market, as rising penetration among large populations boosted overall growth,â€ť said IDC analyst Loren Loverde. â€śAt the moment, however, weâ€™re seeing emerging regions more affected by a weak economic environment as well as significant shifts in technology buying priorities.â€ť
Long-term growth in PC shipments is expected to remain just below zero, with shipments in 2018 expected to decline 0.2%, IDC said. Last week, IDC said that strong demand for smartphones in China and other developing countries would drive a 19% increase in global shipments of smartphones in 2014.