The global PC market is having a rough year, with shipments set to decline for the first time in 11 years.
Worldwide shipments are expected to fall 1.2% to 348.7 million units, down from 352.8 million last year, according to information and analytics provider IHS. Not since 2001 has the global PC industry suffered such a decline, the group said.
“There was great hope through the first half that 2012 would prove to be a rebound year for the PC market,” said Craig Stice, senior principal analyst for computer systems at IHS. “Now three-quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel’s third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down.
"Optimism has vanished and turned to doubt, and the industry is now training its sights on 2013 to deliver the hoped-for rebound. All this is setting the PC market up for its first annual decline since the dot-com bust year of 2001," he said.