Worldwide PC Shipments Will Continue to Decline into 2016 as the Short-Term Outlook Softens, According To IDC

PRAGUE / FRAMINGHAM, Mass., – December 8, 2015 – Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall -10.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015, pulling year-over-year growth for all of 2015 down to -10.3%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker . Short-term headwinds like the strong dollar, depressed commodity prices, and existing inventory have also lowered the outlook for early 2016, although shipments are still expected to stabilize by the end of 2016 and grow slightly toward the end of the forecast as commercial replacements rise. (TZ)

Disruptions from political and economic transitions will have a particularly large impact on Japan, the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and Latin America. Japan and MEA in particular will experience double-digit lower growth over the next year or more, while the CEE and Latin America regions have a short-term outlook that is in the high-single-digits lower. In contrast, the forecast for the United States, Western Europe, and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will be only slightly lower, and Canada improved slightly.


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