IDC: PC sales will continue to struggle until 2018

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – In recent years, PC sales have declined and that trend is likely to continue.

IDC reports that PC sales will drop by 6.1 percent year-over-year in 2014. Last year, PC sales decreased by almost 10 percent year-over-year from 2012 to 2013. The research concludes that between 2014 and 2018 PC sales will fall off by 0.2 percent overall.

PC sales have struggled because of numerous reasons. Consumers aren’t upgrading their machines like before. Smartphones and tablets can now do the same tasks as PCs. Microsoft’s Windows 8 also isn’t very popular among PC users. Many have opted to stick with Windows 7.

Even emerging markets aren’t buying PCs, according to IDC.

“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 stabilize near zero percent, rather than driving increasing volumes as we saw in the past,” added IDC analyst Loren Loverde in the report.

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