Global PC shipments lower than expected

  • Global PC shipments are dropping faster than previously predicted due to weakness in China, according to market research firm IDC.

    Slower February shipments in China on the back of government budget cuts and other factors could lead to worldwide PC shipments falling by a "double-digit" percentage in the first quarter.

    This is compared to a previous estimated decline of 7.7 percent, IDC said in a report on Monday.

    Global PC shipments, already hit by a growing preference for tablets and smartphones, are predicted to drop between 1.8 percent and 2 percent for all of 2013.

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