PC shipments to dip 2.7% in 2014, Chromebooks not to cheer

Global PC shipments are expected to decrease 2.7 percent in 2014, said IDC.

Earlier, IDC predicted a 3.7 percent dip in PC shipments during the current year.

IDC said mature regions continue to grow while a rebound in emerging regions has taken longer due to a later impact from tablets as well as slower economics and commercial replacements.

Western Europe and Japan performed better than expected in Q3 2014. Drivers include a rebound from last year, short-term factors such as building fourth quarter inventory earlier in the year and the Windows XP replacement activity.

Mature regions are expected to see PC shipments decline in 2015.

PC shipment forecast by IDC
IDC said the consumer PC shipments are expected to dip 5 percent in 2014. Pressure from tablets seems to be waning as penetration rises and tablets move to smaller sizes and lower price points. The research agency noted that competition for disposable income from smartphones and phablets is rising.

“The expansion of entry-level PC models, encouraged by Windows 8 + Bing systems, helped improve consumer volume and should extend past the fourth quarter,” said Jay Chou, senior research analyst, Worldwide PC Trackers.

Chromebooks are boosting the low-end commercial segment. The market is still recovering to near stable volumes with no significant growth in the forecast for PC market.



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