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PC Sales See 10 Percent Decline in 2013, Worst Ever

Excessive computer setupPersonal-Computer shipments declined by 10 percent in 2013 which is the worst ever decline in the history and are indicative of how users and businesses are porting to mobile devices and moving away from bigger machines.

The research company Gartner said in a statement that a total of 315.9 million units were shipped in 2013 which brings these to 2009 levels and the “worst ever decline in PC market history.” Another research company IDC has also said that the shipments saw a record decline.

More computing needs are being met from web based applications or apps designed for wireless gadgets like smartphones and tablets rather than from software on desktops and laptops. The annual decline is so big that it practically eclipses the earlier record decline of 3.9 percent in 2012.

“Consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet, ” a Gartner analyst said.

Loren Loverde, an analyst with IDC also said that the decline in PC shipments was the worst since IDC started tracking data in 1981 and the previous record decline was in 2001 which was 3.7 percent.

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