PC Sales to Fall Faster Than Ever Before!

Published on: Tue, Mar 03, 2009 , Updated on Tue, Mar 03, 2009
Tags: enterprise computing, hardware, dell, Hewlett Packard, intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, pc, seagate, western digitial
Courtesy: bits.blogs.nytimes.com – 3rd march


According to the leading IT research and advisory firms like Gartner, the sale of personal computers will fall by double digits during 2009. This huge fall would be for the first time in history.

According to the reports from Gartner, the shipments of PCs will tumble 12 percent year-over-year to 257 million units. The last low dip in sales was after the dot-com bust in 2001, when shipments fell 3.2 percent.

George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, in a statement said: “The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious.”

Gartner’s forecast only confirms the expected downfall in the PC market.

This is getting clearer with the sharp drop-offs in sales of PC’s from companies like Intel, Nvidia, Seagate, Advanced Micro Devices and Western Digital. Hewlett-Packard reported a 19 percent drop in PC sales last month, whereas Dell had a 27 percent drop in desktop sales and a 17 percent drop in notebook sales.

According to reports of Gartner, there would be a whopping 32 percent decline in desktop sales next year, while sales of laptops are predicted to rise 9 percent.

According to Gartner, sales of netbooks account for higher interest in laptops. Apart from netbooks, sales of mobile computers may rise about 3 percent in 2009. Gartner expects netbook sales to reach 21 million units in 2009, roughly doubling from 11.7 million units last year.

It seems that the companies like Microsoft and Intel are on the search of areas beyond PC, which can be expanded to make a profitable reap.

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