IDC reported this week that worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013. That is a decline of 7.6% compared to the same period last year but better than the 9.5% decrease that had been expected by analysts at the research firm. They attributed the “not as bad as we expected” news to a jump in the number of PCs bought for business purposes as well as early shipments of PCs running Windows 8.1. The new version of Windows isn’t due to be released until next week, but retailers were ordering the systems in anticipation of future sales.
“The third quarter was pretty close to forecast, which unfortunately doesn’t reflect much improvement in the PC market, or potential for near-term growth,” said Loren Loverde, Vice President Worldwide PC Trackers. “Whether constrained by a weak economy or being selective in their tech investments, buyers continue to evaluate options and delay PC replacements. Despite being a little ahead of forecast, and the work that’s being done on new designs and integration of features like touch, the third quarter results suggest that there’s still a high probability that we will see another decline in worldwide shipments in 2014.”
IDC also reported that Lenovo, HP, and Dell, 3 vendors which have an important presence in the enterprise and public sectors, all saw modest growth last quarter while Asus and Acer, which primarily sell to consumers, lost market share.via GeekWire