PCs in Free Fall; Worst Decline Ever
The drop was worse than the 8% decline IDC had forecast
By: Maureen O'Gara
Apr. 12, 2013 07:00 AM
Global PC shipments dropped 13.9% in the first quarter according to IDC, which said it was the worse contraction in the market since it started keeping records back in 1994.
The drop was worse than the 8% decline IDC had forecast.
It blamed cannibalization by tablets and smartphones as well as the failure of Windows 8 on which fortunes hung.
IDC said "it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only didn't provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market."
Consumers and business customers alike appear to have rejected Windows new touch-sensitive design and its cost.
PC shipments worldwide totaled 76.3 million units.
HP remains in first place, despite seeing a 24% drop in shipments to roughly 12 million units. Dell was third, down 11% to nine million units. Lenovo, which shipped 11.7 million PCs, was second with sales flat year-over-year because it's supplying first-time buyers in China.
IDC said HP and Dell have been hurt by their internal distractions.
Apple shipped 1.4 million Macs, down 7.5% year-over-year, but Apple now represents 10% of the American market.
IDC said it might have to lower its forecast for the year.
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