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Global PC shipments continue to dive: IDC

Poor performance in May could mean Q2 projection shortfall

Global PC shipments continue to dive: IDC
May results show deterioration for the PC market, according to IDC’s Monthly PC Tracker.

The global PC market continued to suffer slow shipment growth in top countries across regions in May, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Monthly PC Tracker.

April shipment growth had improved slightly from March in Latin America and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, but May growth has been slower than April for each of these markets except India and UK.

IDC's quarterly PC forecast from May projected worldwide PC shipment declines of -11.7% in the second quarter of 2013, -4.7% in the third quarter, and -1.6% in the fourth quarter, resulting in a total annual decline of -7.8% for 2013. This followed a decline of -13.3% in the first quarter of 2013 and -4.0% for all of 2012. The results for May are behind pace for achieving the projected Q2 growth rates, although stronger June results could still make up most, if not all, of the difference.

"The expectation for the second quarter was not all that high, showing only minor improvement from the first quarter," said Loren Loverde, programme vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers at IDC.

"But the May results reflect deteriorating conditions rather than improvement and the market will probably fall short of projections. We still expect an improvement in the second half of the year as more new products are launched and we get into the back-to-school and holiday seasons. But the market will likely remain cautious about the second half of 2013."

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