Global PC market expected to stabilize in the long term -report

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Dec 02, 2013 08:46 PM EST

PC sales in 2013 will fall 10.1% and contract 3.8% in 2014, according to a forecast by the International Data Corporation (IDC). The said forecast also expected PC sales to become "slightly positive in the longer term," according to TechCrunch.

IDC said PC sales should not go below 300 million on a yearly basis. PC usage is still strong, but IDC noted that in terms of usage duration, phones cannot match the PC's workplace utility. However, there is a low appetite in the market for the replacement of aging systems, the report said.

With predicted yearly sales of around 300 million, PCs will continue to have monthly sales of around 25 million units, or 75 million worldwide on a quarterly basis. In 2012, almost 350 million units were sold. Still, IDC predicts that the 300 million mark will be sustained at least until 2017. This will provide a floor for large PC sellers such as Microsoft, Dell, and Intel, the report explained.

In various ways, we are in the post-PC era, but the PC market itself appears to be almost stable, TechCrunch reported.

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