Market research firm International Data Corporation on Monday dumped cold water on the widespread hope that personal computer sales, which in 2012 registered their first decline since the 2001 dot.com bust, would rebound this year.
“With limited initial traction from Windows 8 in the holiday season, and continued pressure from tablets, IDC now expects 2013 PC shipments to decline by 1.3% in 2013,” it reported.
“Although the PC industry had banked on Windows 8 and a more varied and less expensive offering of ultrathin notebooks to revive demand, efforts thus far have been disappointing,” it added. “A lack of touchscreen components has contributed to a limited supply of touch-enabled Windows 8 models.”
The prediction is bad news for a number of Silicon Valley companies that depend heavily on PC sales, including Hewlett-Packard and Intel. Meanwhile, smartphone sales are booming, as consumers increasingly abandon PCs for more mobile devices.