Worldwide PC shipments set for massive decline in 2009

By on March 3, 2009, 1:25 PM
While both IDC and iSuppli have already cut their forecast for personal computer shipments this year, expecting a growth of around 4 percent compared to last year, research firm Gartner is painting a much drearier picture today. According to them, PC shipments are expected to decline 11.9 percent to 257 million units in 2009, marking the biggest drop in the industry since 2001 when unit shipments fell 3.2 percent.

Demand for laptops and especially mini-notebooks is still expected to grow 9 percent to 155.6 million units. However, this won’t be enough to offset an expected decline in shipments of desktop PCs of 31.9 percent that will affect both emerging and mature markets. Whether or not these numbers turn out to be accurate remains to be seen, but such a gloomy forecast is not all that surprising, considering even industry heavyweights like HP and Dell have issued equally lackluster earnings and forecasts recently.

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gobbybobby said:
GOOD! (what I hear u say) If you are not gonna lose your job then this means things are gonna coem down in price, I may hold on buying a new PC because of this story. yes thay say don't do that because it will **** the economy even more, but at 16 I don't care! I will just stick to my collage asssinments and not worry about stores closing down. (Unless they discount stuff, then im there!!!)
spydercanopus said:
This is not to say stop investing in computer technology as manufacturing a component is cheat as turning sand into gold. It's just solid outlook on production needs that makes or breaks tech companies in times like these.
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