IDC: PC sales to keep falling

Worldwide shipments of PCs will fall this year by 1.6 percent to 129.6 million units from last year's figure of 131.7 million units, largely because of sharply lower sales of consumer PCs in the U.S. and Japan, according to a report issued Tuesday by market analyst International Data Corp. (IDC).

IDC said that poor economic conditions worldwide were the main reason for falling sales, and said it did not expect the release of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system to have a stimulating effect on the market.

Instead of the anticipated recovery in the second quarter, consumer PC shipments in the U.S. fell 17 percent compared to the first quarter. Consumer PC sales in the U.S. this year will reach 14.1 million units, 25 percent lower than last year's 18.9 million units. Sales of commercial PCs will also fall, by 5.2 percent to 28 million units from last year's 29.5 million units. This will result in total sales of PCs in the U.S. being 13 percent lower than last year.

IDC said the malaise would continue into next year, with consumer PC shipments falling a further 17.8 percent in 2002, and commercial PC shipments showing small growth of 2.8 percent. Overall, IDC expects U.S. PC shipments in 2002 to reach 40.4 million, 17 percent lower than in 2000. Even in 2003, the overall number of PCs sold in the U.S. will only just be greater than in 1999, IDC said.

Outside the U.S., sales of consumer PCs will be flat this year at 30 million, after recording 39 percent growth from 1999 to 2000. Sales of commercial PCs will rise by 7.8 percent outside the U.S. this year.

Sales growth in the commercial sector is slow as there is a large base of fairly powerful computers installed and a relative lack of processor-hungry applications, so that many businesses are postponing PC upgrades and new purchases, IDC said. The worldwide PC market will rebound next year, thanks to sales in non-U.S. markets, and grow 6.9 percent to a total of 138.6 million units, IDC said.

IDC is a subsidiary of International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

David Legard

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?