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PC, Tablet Market Shrinks Again – Latest IDC Report

SAN FRANCISCO – Unit shipments for the global personal computing devices market, comprised of traditional PCs, tablets, and workstations, is expected to drop by 3.9 percent this year. Researcher IDC says the decline was expected as the market continues to shrink. Total number of units shipped in the year to  June 30 was 383.6 million units.

Despite the decline in overall volume, IDC says the market is expected to grow 3.6 percent in dollar value to US$237.3 billion (A$328.9 billion) in 2018. This is being fuelled by so-called two-in-ones, detachable tablets and convertible notebooks, ultra-slim notebooks, and even gaming-enabled desktops.

But the market is expected to keep shrinking. Over the next five years, IDC predicts desktops will see a “negative growth rate” of 2.7 percent.

IDC says that, because most desktops are destined for the commercial market, there are lengthy refresh cycles and saturation, which will contribute to a continued decline in shipments. 

The five-year outlooks for slate tablets, notebooks and mobile workstations are also expected to show negative growth, down 5.3 percent and 9.1 percent respectively.

Ultra-slim notebooks and two-in-ones share a more positive outlook, predicted to grow 7.8 percent and 9.3 percent respectively.

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