PC Shipments Fall Short of Expectations
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According to market analysis firm IDC, PC shipments were up worldwide by 2.6% for the 2nd quarter of 2011. This is slightly short of the 2.9% that the organization most recently predicted. However, it is well short of the 20% sales growth that was seen in the first half of 2010. IDC analysts believe that this is due to the competing presence of smart devices, including smartphones and tablets. IDC also indicates that the current worldwide economic crunch did not help.
Other factors playing into the small growth are the reductions in netbook sales. Additionally, IDC analysts cite research which shows that corporate customers are investing more in services that increase their workforce's capability, rather than new hardware.
Preliminary information released by IDC shows that, within the United States, the top vendors through last quarter were HP, Dell, Apple, Toshiba, and Acer. Of those, only Apple and Toshiba showed growth year-over-year, with Apple showing a significant 14.7% market share growth in sales.
The IDC report uses financial data not yet officially released by some of the companies in their quarterly earnings statements.