Gartner cuts devices growth projections in half
Forex issues hit PCs in some regions; worldwide user spend expected to dip for first time since 2010
The global devices market is set to grow 1.5%, to shipments of 2.5bn units, according to a Gartner forecast in which the research firm cut an earlier growth projection of 2.8%.
Gartner classifies devices as desktops, notebooks, tablets and mobile phones. It anticipates end-user spending to be $606bn this year, a decline of 5.7% on 2014, and the first such decline since 2010.
"Our forecast for unit shipment growth for all devices in 2015 has dropped by 1.3 percentage points from last quarter's estimate," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
"This was partly due to a continued slowdown in PC purchases in Western Europe, Russia and Japan in particular, largely due to price increases resulting from local currency devaluation against the dollar."
But mobile phones continue to do well, as the only sub-category that is still growing, but average selling prices continue to fall as vendors compete for consumers in emerging markets.