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Worldwide PC shipments forecast to fall 6.1 percent in 2014

TAIPEI -- Global personal computer shipments are expected to fall by an annual 6.1 percent in 2014 as demand in emerging markets weakens, according to PC market tracker International Data Corp. (IDC).

In a research report on its website dated March 4, IDC forecast global PC shipments of 295.9 million units this year, down from 315.1 million units in 2013.

IDC said that although the annual 9.8 percent decline in 2013 was slightly better than the projected 10.1 percent drop, the real number represented the biggest contraction of global PC shipments on record.

Shipments of desktop PCs in the world market are expected to fall 5.6 percent year-on-year to 129.1 million units in 2014, while shipments of portable PCs are likely to drop 6.5 percent to 166.8 million units, IDC forecast.

It said the global PC market will remain weak in 2014 as outlook in the emerging markets has deteriorated amid fierce competition from other devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The decline of global PC shipments is expected to continue into 2018, the advisory firm said.

Emerging markets, once the major drivers of global PC sales, are changing rapidly, IDC said.

This year, PC shipments in emerging markets are forecast to fall by an annual 7.8 percent to 167.7 million units, with desktop PC shipments dropping 6.0 percent to 80.5 million units and portable PC shipments sliding 9.4 percent to 87.2 million units, the advisory firm said.

β€œAt the moment, however, we're seeing emerging regions more affected by a weak economic environment as well as significant shifts in technology buying priorities,” IDC Vice President Loren Loverde said in a statement. β€œ2014 will remain a challenging year for PC vendors in Asia.”

In the mature markets, PC shipments for 2014 are expected to fall 3.8 percent from a year earlier to 128.2 million units, while shipments of desktop PCs are likely to drop 4.8 percent to 48.6 million units, and portable PCs 3.1 percent to 79.6 million units, the advisory firm said.

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