UK PC market expected to slip by 6.8 percent this year
Analysts from the International Data Corporation (IDC) have published their latest findings on the Personal Computing Devices (PCD) market in the UK and the results are a downward trend. According to the source, shipments during the second half of 2017 are expected to decline by 10.8 percent compared to H2 2016 for an overall year-to-year drop of 6.8 percent. In total, IDC is estimating a shipment of 3.2 million PCs in the UK for this year.
The chart below breaks down the purchasing habits of PCs and shows a growing trend for superthin notebooks, convertibles, and detachables over traditional notebooks. It may be safe to assume that more users are now preferring portable multi-functional PCs even if it means sacrificing performance for the lighter weight.
As a result of the above, IDC is forecasting a significant YoY detachable/2-in-1 market growth of 27.6 percent compared to H2 2016. The Ultraslim and convertible segments of the PC market are also expected to grow by as much as 9.8 percent and 28.9 percent, respectively. Together, these three segments could account for 30 percent of the PC market in the UK at the continuing expense of traditional laptops.