The latest report from IDC reveals a record drop in PC shipments during 2013.
Unit shipments declined by 10 per cent from 2012. IDC says the record drop reflected the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market.
While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak.
"Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending. Although US growth slipped a little in the fourth quarter, other regions all improved, reinforcing our view that growth rates will continue to improve gradually during 2014 despite remaining in negative territory," said Loren Loverde, Vice President, IDC’s Worldwide PC Trackers.