PC market tanking faster than thought

Global shipments of personal computers are expected to fall by 10.1 percent this year, worse than the previous projection of 9.7 percent, and “by far the most severe yearly contraction on record,” according to International Data Corporation.

The research firm said PC shipments, which totaled 349.4 million in 2012, should slump to 314.2 million this year and 305.1 million by 2017.

“While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available,” IDC senior research analyst Jay Chou said in a press release.

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