IDC and Gartner Trim PC Expectations
It figures the number of widgets shipped will only be up 2.8%, down from a previous forecast of 4.2%,
By: Maureen O'Gara
Sep. 19, 2011 08:00 AM
IDC has joined Gartner in clipping its projections for global PC growth this year.
It figures the number of widgets shipped will only be up 2.8%, down from a previous forecast of 4.2%, citing tablet cannibalization, cautious spending by SMBs and consumers and saturated mature markets coupled with the lack of sexy new features and the uncertainty HP's proposed spin-off of its PC business has inflicted on the market.
IDC also cut its 2012 growth guidance from 10.2% to 9.3%.
It still thinks 2013-2015 is good for growth of 11% a year because of replacements and rising penetration in emerging markets.
Last week a more dramatic Gartner cut its unit growth estimate for this year from 9.3% to 3.8% or 352 million boxes on the back of a deteriorating Western Europe and a pokey US.
It's projecting 10.9% growth next year, or 404 million units, down from a projection of 12.8%.
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