PC industry 'will suffer sharpest decline' in 2009

The worldwide PC industry will experience its ‘sharpest unit decline in history’, with unit shipments totaling 257m units in 2009 - an 11.9 per cent decline from 2008, according to market-watcher Gartner.

Both emerging and mature markets are forecast to suffer unprecedented market slowdowns. Up to this point, emerging markets collectively recorded their lowest growth in 2002, 11.1 per cent. Mature markets recorded their lowest growth in 2001, down 7.9 per cent. Both emerging and mature markets will handily surpass these previous lows in 2009, with emerging markets expected to post a decline of 10.4 per cent and mature markets a decline of 13 per cent.

Worldwide mobile PC shipments are expected to reach 155.6m units, a 9 per cent increase from 2008, Gartner says. Desk-based PC shipments are forecast to total 101.4m units, a 31.9 per cent decline from 2008. Mobile PC growth will be substantially boosted by continued growth in mini-notebook shipments; excluding mini-notebooks, other mobile PC shipments will grow just 2.7 per cent in 2009.

Worldwide mini-notebook shipments are forecast to total 21m units in 2009, up from 2008 shipments of 11.7m units. Mini-notebooks will cushion the overall PC market slowdown, but they remain too few to prevent the market’s steep decline. Mini-notebooks are forecast to represent just 8 per cent of PC shipments in 2009.

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