PC shipments to dip 6% in 2014, says IDC

PC shipments will decrease 6 percent in 2014, according to IDC.

2014 will be a challenging year for PC vendors in Asia as consumers will prioritize device purchases, said IDC.

Commercial spending in some of the major countries, like India, Indonesia, and Thailand, which are due to hold elections this year will also impact PC purchase.

Handoko Andi, research manager for Client Devices, IDC Asia/Pacific, said: “The region is also seeing a void in public sector spending this year after huge education deals seen in India and Malaysia last year failed to materialize.”

PC shipments will decrease 6 percent in 2014

Also read: Lenovo expands PC market share lead over HP in Q4, says IDC

According to a January 2014 report from IDC, Lenovo has increased its PC market share to 18.6 percent in Q4 2013 from 16.1 percent in Q4 2012, while HP share decreased to 16.8 percent from 17.3 percent. Dell increased its fourth quarter PC market share to 12.2 percent from 10.9 percent.
IDC said global PC shipments fell 9.8 percent in 2013.

Factors like touch capability, migration off of Windows XP, as well as continued pressure from tablets and smartphones have further depressed the PC market.

Earlier, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs for tablets.”

Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers, said: “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.”

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