IDC: PC Shipments To Rebound In 2012

Brad Chacos

Whenever you’re talking about the PC market these days, the talk inevitably turns to doom and gloom. HP ditching PCs! Tablets eating into sales! Everyone already has Windows 7! And on and on. Even our ever-optimistic PC enthusiasm can become kind of dulled in the midst of all the bad news. The dark cloud of slumping sales may soon be over, though; a new report expects the PC market to regain momentum in 2012.

We have to endure the rest of a ho-hum 2011 first, IDC says. In fact, this year just got worse; the research firm recently reduced its already pessimistic growth outlook for the year from 4.2 percent to 2.8 percent. However, the company expects the good times to roll again with the entry of the New Year, with shipments estimated to grow by 9.3 percent in 2012 and holding steady at 11 percent from 2013 to 2015.

IDC doesn't place all of the blame at the feet of smartphones and bleak economic climates. "While consumers have pulled back in part due to economic circumstances, consumer PCs have also suffered due to a relative lack of compelling offerings,” senior analyst Jay Chou says in the company’s press release . Could Ultrabooks and Windows 8 be the key to coaxing people back into the local PC shop?

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