Worldwide PC market sees 'most severe' contraction

Worldwide PC shipments declined by 9.8% in 2013, the worst contraction on record, according to IDC.

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Worldwide PC market sees 'most severe' contraction Fourth-quarter results were slightly better than expected in both mature and emerging regions.
By  Tom Paye Published  March 5, 2014

The PC market experienced its more severe contraction on record during 2013, according to the latest figures from market research firm IDC.

Worldwide PC shipments declined by 9.8% in 2013 - a slightly better result than the projected decline of 10.1%, but still the worst annual result that the market has ever seen, IDC said.

Fourth-quarter results were slightly better than expected in both mature and emerging regions. However, IDC explained that this could have been driven by short-term factors like a slight rise in Windows XP replacements. The research house added that its outlook for emerging markets has deteriorated as competition from other devices and economic pressures mount.

"Emerging markets used to be a core driver of the PC market, as rising penetration among large populations boosted overall growth," said Loren Loverde, vice president at IDC's WorldWide PC Trackers division.

"At the moment, however, we're seeing emerging regions more affected by a weak economic environment as well as significant shifts in technology buying priorities. We do expect these regions to recover in the medium term and perform better than mature regions, but growth is expected to stabilise near 0%, rather than driving increasing volumes as we saw in the past."

Going forward, IDC predicted that the global PC market would continue to contract. It projected a 6.1% decline in PC shipments for 2014, and a further 0.8% decline in 2015. The PC industry will level off to a decline of 0.2% by 2018, the research house added.

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