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Shipment of personal PCs are in decline but ‘stabilising’

Shipments of personal computers will fall by 7.2 per cent in 2016.

According to research from IDC – which had previously predicted a 7.3 per cent year-on-year decrease in May – PC shipments are gradually stabilising.

This gradual growth is being accredited to a competitive marketplace. The report from IDC states: "Competition from other devices and longer device life have been the root causes of slower growth, but both are having less impact, opening the way to PC replacements, particularly in the commercial market." 

Loren Loverde, vice president of Worldwide Tracker Forecasting and PC research said: "The PC market continues on a slow path to stabilisation – quite close to prior forecasts.

The political and economic disruptions, as well as the small shift in growth from tablets to notebooks that we saw in the second quarter, are small shifts in device replacement and competition between categories. We still expect shipments to stabilise over the medium term, while market leaders will benefit from further consolidation."

Linn Huang, research director of Devices and Displays looked to the consumer market to justify the results in the second quarter of 2016. He said: "Although we believe much of the second quarter result was related to a one-off inventory intake, there is still cause for optimism in the second half of this year.

"We are still ascending towards the peak education and back-to-school buying season, have a Chrome OS that is more ready for consumer primetime than it has ever been, and are anticipating some early Windows 10 transitions in enterprise."

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