PC sales will decline in 2012, first time in 11 years, IHS iSuppli forecast says

By on Oct 11, 2012 in Business, Desktop, Finance, Netbook, Notebook, Tablet, Technology Comments

PC sales worldwide will decline this year, and it will be the first time after 11 years, according to a recent forecast from IHS iSuppli, a leading global market research firm that delivers vital information on the status of electronics value chain. A graph showing the details in figures is available below.

According to a report by iSuppli on its official website on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, PC sales are being expected to decline by 1.2 percent to 348.7 million in 2012, from 352.8 million units in 2011. There were high hopes when Intel‘s ultrabooks were unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) back in January.

As noted in the forecast, high expectations continued after the IT fair at Computex in Taiwan last June, with Intel plugging its latest 12nm Ivy Bridge processor, which became the standard in Ultrabooks, laptops, and desktop machines across most pricing bands. However, PC sales declined in the second quarter.

“There was great hope through the first half that 2012 would prove to be a rebound year for the PC market. Now three quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel‘s third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down.” Craig Stice, senior principal analyst for computer systems at IHS, was quoted at iSuppli.com.

“Optimism has vanished and turned to doubt, and the industry is now training its sights on 2013 to deliver the hoped-for rebound. All this is setting the PC market up for its first annual decline since the dot-com bust year of 2001.” Stice added, with the release of Windows 8 is being expected to help increase PC sales later this year.

With this, IHS noted that there are other signs that show that PC sales will go up again next year, 2013. Among them is the release of the new breed of ultrabooks and other ultrathin notebook computers that are practical and economical enough for the consumers.

PC sales 2012 graph
Graph of PC sales from 2011 to 2012
Image Credit: iSuppli.com

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