2% better than expected! Yes!
By Tim Colwill on October 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm
It’s a strange situation when we’re actually getting excited that the PC market only declined by seven percent instead of nine but that’s the headline today, folks, so strap in and let’s get it over with.
According to analytics firm IDC, the US market was the least affected, remaining almost flat with only a 0.2% drop compared to this quarter last year. Japan performed better than expected, but Europe and APAC dropped considerably.
“Continuing upgrades from Windows XP boosted shipments, particularly in the commercial desktop segment, while retail acceptance of new and emerging product categories, such as Chromebooks and Ultraslims, helped the portables segment,” said IDC’s analyst. “Nevertheless, the broad picture of the U.S. market has not changed much, with hopes for a small increase in the fourth quarter followed by a challenging 2014.”
Low-priced smartphones and tablets are still cited as the primary reason for hardware sales failing to pick up.
Source: TechCrunch (thanks, James)