Underwhelming reception to Windows 8 blamed for poor sales

PC shipments set to decline for second consecutive year

A new report from IDC reveals that the PC market is set to continue its decline in 2013.

Disappointing holiday sales, an underwhelming reception to Windows 8, and continuing economic malaise have been blamed for the lacklustre sales during the second half of 2012.

This lead to a year-on-year decline of 8.3 per cent in Q4 shipments, the most substantial decline recorded for a holiday quarter.

"The PC market is still looking for updated models to gain traction and demonstrate sufficient appeal to drive growth in a very competitive market," said Loren Loverde, program vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers at IDC.

"Growth in emerging regions has slowed considerably, and we continue to see constrained PC demand as buyers favour other devices for their mobility and convenience features. We still don’t see tablets (with limited local storage, file system, lesser focus on traditional productivity, etc.) as functional competitors to PCs – but they are winning consumer dollars with mobility and consumer appeal nevertheless."

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