IDC: Global PC market shrinks 2.7 percent in 2014
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The latest forecasts from IDC claim that global PC shipments will fall 2.7 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. The research firm previously expected PC shipments to fall 3.7 percent during the year, but it looks like the market as a whole benefited from the large number of businesses which were forced to upgrade from Windows XP machines. According to IDC, the consumer market will shrink by 5 percent in 2014.
The report from IDC shows that although the PC shipments were on the rise in emerging markets, laptops and desktop computers are still losing popularity in developing markets.
In Western Europe, the United States, Japan, and Canada, PC shipments rose by a promising 7.1 percent overall. In the other parts of the world - Latin America, Central & Eastern Europ, Africa, the Middle East and the Asia/Pacific region - PC shipments saw a steep drop of 9.9 percent.
The research firm forecasts that roughly 306.7 million PCs will be shipped by the end of the year. The desktop category is estimated to account for 133.6 million units, while the notebook category is responsible for the 173.1 million units.
IDC's report claims that the global PC market will continue its negative trend in the next few years, with an estimated regression of 3.7 percent for 2015. IDC also forecasts that global PC shipments will stabilize to 291.9 million units by the year 2018.
Other market analysis firms such as Gartner and Strategy Analytics predict that the global PC market will grow in 2015, fueled by the upcoming launch of Windows 10, as well as growing Chromebook sales in the entry-level segment.