IDC foresees another year of volume decline in PC market for 2013

Infotech Lead America: The year 2012 saw a dismal 3.7 percent decline in global PC shipment volume.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, PC shipments will decline by 1.3 percent in 2013 as well.IT budgets were adversely affected by disappointing holiday sales, a lukewarm reception to Windows 8 and continuing economic malaise.
The second half of 2012 suffered a year-on-year decline of 8.3 percent in fourth quarter shipments.Emerging market growth potential is declining and looking similar to the slow growth seen in already mature regions. 2012 was the first year that saw emerging markets register a decline in volume.

Although 2013 is expected to return to growth, it is projected at less than 1 percent continuing with modest, single-digit growth through 2017. Volume declines will continue in mature markets in 2013 for the third consecutive year of dismal performance. IDC continues to expect slow growth in 2014 and 2015 and contracting volume in the following years.



The PC industry was heavily relying on Windows 8 and the entry of a more varied and less expensive range of ultrathin notebooks in the market to revive demand, but efforts so far have been quite discouraging. A limited supply of touch-enabled Windows 8 models is caused by a lack of touchscreen components, making it appear relatively expensive compared to other available options.

According to the  IDC Worldwide Quarter PC Tracker, February 2013, the total shipments for PCs worldwide was worth 148.4 million in 2012 and is estimated to be 141 million in 2017. In emerging markets, total shipments for PCs was worth 205.9 million, will rise to 207.1 million in 2012 and is estimated to be 240 million in 2017. Mature markets had total shipments worth 144.5 million in 2012 which is predicted to be 138.7 million in 2013 and reach 141.8 million by 2017.

HP PCs lead Indian market with 16.5% share in Q4 2012

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has captured 16.5 percent share in Indian PC market in Q4 2012, according to IDC. For global PC shipments in the fourth quarter, HP remained the top vendor but saw shipments edged down 0.6 percent, while China’s Lenovo Group remained at second spot with an 8.2 percent growth.

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