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Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:11

PC sales slow

Written by Nick Farell

US to blame
Worldwide sales of personal computers grew more slowly than expected in the third-quarter according to two industry reports.

According to beancounters at Gartner weak consumer spending in the United States was largely to blame. Gartner said PC units grew 7.6 percent, versus its prediction of 12.7 percent. PC shipments rose 11 percent to 89.7 million units in the July-September period, according to industry tracker IDC. That was below its forecast of 13.5 percent.

It seems that businesses continued to spend as they upgraded aging PCs, tentative consumers resulted in a tepid back-to-school season in the US. The market rebounded in September but it was not enough. IDC said the US experienced 3.8 percent growth, well off its expectation of near 11 percent.

Top vendors Hewlett-Packard, Acer Inc and Dell Inc all turned in below-market performances in the third-quarter, according to IDC. Looking ahead, IDC forecast global PC growth of 7.4 percent in the fourth-quarter. Maker of expensive printer ink HP turned in the weakest performance of the major vendors, hurt by the weak US consumer market and a sales dropoff in the Asia-Pacific region. Second-place Acer's market share slipped to 13 percent, while Dell's dipped to 12.4 percent.
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0 #1 Nerdmaster 2010-10-14 10:48
Well if the sales are increasing i don't see any problem at all...
+1 #2 robert3892 2010-10-14 11:19
The fourth quarter is the most important quarter for electronic sales so we'll have to see if things pick up at that time
+4 #3 nforce4max 2010-10-14 13:51
What else could one expect with double digit unemployment and one third of the population at or below the poverty line. 46 states are bankrupt with unfunded liabilities in the trillions. Unemployment comp funds are in the red and some have already need to be bailed out by the federal government. In a few states schools are closing due to lack of funding. NASA is in shambles. China is no longer buying US bonds and the Fed chairman summed it up in his last speech about government debt being unsustainable. Once the US dollar goes bust the rest of the economy will be like tissue paper to the fire.
-4 #4 thematrix606 2010-10-14 13:56
As a 3rd world country, I'm surprised they can still afford paying for electronics on a mass scale.

Perhaps they should work on the fact that a big part of their population doesn't even have access to clean water from the tap? . . .
+2 #5 Fallingwater 2010-10-14 15:49
The reasons are pretty clear: economic crisis = less money to spend, coupled with the lack of reasons to upgrade. The race for better hardware has slowed down a lot lately; why should anyone spend for faster hardware, when a 3-year-old box with a decent video card is still good for everything?
+2 #6 thaad 2010-10-14 17:50
Nowaday hardware got better quality. Such as Core2 processor still able to handle well on various application.
Almost current MOBO now using solid capacitor and that make hardware life longer unless you want to upgrade...

Im a normal user still using E6750 + solid cap mobo since 2006 to run allkind application & game & still good performance (with slightly OC form the start).
-4 #7 Keken 2010-10-15 08:40
It is ignorant to think consumers in any country are expected to buy a product. On top of that, they get bad mouthed. Very unfair to say such a thing.

With how the economy is, the new gizmos (like phones) and operating systems for PC's, I'm sure it has made an impact for all PC sales. The new operating systems themselves have made a performance increase on older PC machines, therefore boosting the life expectancy of PC's. So there wont be any buying of PC's until they go kapoot :P

It would be nice to know what PC sales are across all countries.
Then again, consumers might be buying Mac's now :D

As for HP ink being expensive. Well if I am not mistaken, all ink for printers are expensive, not just theirs.

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