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PC Shipments Expected To Drop 11.9 Percent

March 2, 2009

Research firm Gartner said on Monday, that PC shipments will fall 11.9 percent in 2009, the biggest fall ever, with sales in emerging markets contracting for the first time.

“The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious,” said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner.

Most of last year, the global PC industry was resilient when other technology sectors were ailing, but it too has now felt the deepening economic downturn that has sapped demand from consumers and corporate buyers.

PC sales were expected to fall 11.9 percent in 2009 to 257 million computers, with sales of desktops dropping 32 percent from last year, and laptops rising 9 percent.

Previously, the PC market’s biggest drop was a 3.2 percent drop in 2001.

Gartner said, that sales in emerging markets are seen shrinking 10.4 percent.  The slowest year for those markets so far has been 11.1 percent growth in 2002.

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