Global PC Shipments Rebound in 2Q11

Pulkit Chandna

Market research outfit International Data Corporation (IDC) on Wednesday published global PC shipment numbers for the second quarter of 2011. According to the research firm, the U.S. PC market continued its downward spiral even as the global market showed signs of recovery during the quarter.

The global PC market registered a year-over-year growth of 2.6 percent during this period, falling just short of IDC’s own forecast of 2.9 percent.  The company put this down to “a hangover from the more than 20% growth in the first half of 2010 as well as competition from smartphones, other consumer products and pressure from lackluster economic conditions.”

Whatever growth there was in the quarter it was on account of strong shipments in emerging markets. Shipments in both United States and Western Europe declined year over year.  However, the U.S. PC market did bounce back from the lows of the previous quarter. Compared to 1Q11 , shipments grew over 10 percent in 2Q11.

"The U.S. and worldwide PC market continues to work through a difficult period that we expect will continue into next quarter, but will start to improve in the second half of the year," said Bob O'Donnell, vice president of clients and displays at IDC.

"Slower than expected commercial growth in the first quarter failed to offset the ongoing challenges in the consumer market. While it's tempting to blame the decline completely on the growth of media tablets, we believe other factors, including extended PC lifetimes and the lack of compelling new PC experiences, played equally significant roles."

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