Oct. 10 - Global PC shipments contracted to 81.6 million units in the third quarter, a smaller drop than predicted, but by no mean a sign of a turnaround says IDC. Conway G. Gittens reports.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, and that's our Daily Digit. The 81.6 million number shows shipments contracted by almost eight percent in year-on-year terms, according to research firm International Data Corporation. Top three firms Lenovo, HP and Dell, have each eked out small gains. But Acer and ASUS went into the minus. Talking about regions: growth in PC shipments in the United States stabilized just under 0%. Mainly thanks to continuing upgrades from Windows XP, especially in the commercial desktop segment. But demand is weakening in emerging markets and Asia/Pacific, excluding Japan. IDC says it's not getting better anytime soon. Buyers continue to put off replacing their aging PCs, opting instead for lower-priced tablets and smartphones. And, despite new designs and features like touch, there's still a high probability of another decline in worldwide PC shipments in 2014.