PC market slump to deepen on lull in China

IDC predicts that worldwide PC shipments could fall by "double digits" -- more than previously expected -- as a result of a weak Chinese market.

This is the Dell XPS 18, a Windows 8 touchscreen all-in-one that also has a battery. It's due to hit the market April 16.
This is the Dell XPS 18, a Windows 8 touchscreen all-in-one that also has a battery. It's due to hit the market April 16. Rich Brown/CNET

IDC has revised down its monthly worldwide PC shipments data, citing a weakening Chinese market.

The research firm suggested a fall of as much as 2 percent to 7.7 percent year over year, based on the its previous figures. For the first quarter, PC sales worldwide could fall by "double digits" and face another decline in the second quarter, albeit less so.

While March figures will recover somewhat, it will not be enough to offset the losses in February.

China accounted for more than 21 percent of global shipments in 2012, but suffered due to the timing of Chinese New Year and other factors, not limited to anti-corruption measures introduced by the Chinese government and other budget cuts, the firm said.

The slower than expected growth in China, which holds the top PC market spot globally, will impact the wider worldwide PC market for the first quarter, which has seen a significant uphill struggle in the past year in the run-up to the launch of Windows 8, nearly six months ago.

However, IDC believes that any recovery in the second half of the year -- towards the typically busy and lucrative December holiday quarter -- would take an aggressive push by PC makers with new designs and competitive pricing.

Earlier this month, the research firm said the PC market is expected to decline for the second year in a row, dropping by 1.3 percent overall in 2013.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "Global PC shipments in steep decline due to weak Chinese market."

 

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