PC Sales to Crash 8% in First Half of ’09

Hard times ahead for Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Market researcher IDC has put out a report today that PC shipments in the first half will fall by over 8% in the first half of this year.

IDC predicts that PC sales gradually improve to a small positive growth in the fourth quarter but will end the year down 4.5%.

Total PC shipments for 2009 are projected at 282 million units compared to 295.5 million in 2008.

IDC forecasts that emerging markets like Latin America, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa will post double-digit declines in volume over the next three quarters while mature regions will weather the current economic climate somewhat better due to their ability to absorb financial losses.

According to IDC analyst Loren Loverde:

To be sure, the PC market is in for a bumpy ride. Nevertheless, there are a number of reasons why the PC market will not fare dramatically worse in the current environment than it did in the 2001 recession – even if the current economic environment is notably worse. Pricing will become even more aggressive, and there will be further consolidation, but the PC industry will not go the way of the financial or auto industries in this cycle.

One Response to "PC Sales to Crash 8% in First Half of ’09"

  1. gtapradeep   March 6, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I have mentioned before how worse broadband in India is. It worsened.I got 512 kbps unlimited from airtel for 1499rs. Now they have reduced the speed to half at the same price…..morons
    My other choices
    Tata’s broadband – connectivity suks to the core
    BSNL – ITs okay but tariff suks
    India ll never get the REAL broadband speed….wat say u???

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. Disgusting. Do you connect via a landline/cable or a wireless card?

    Have you tried filing a case against them in consumer court?

    Customer service has always been an issue in India.

    When we were growing up in India (many years back), any receipt that you got at a store would have this line at the bottom – Things once sold cannot be taken back or exchanged. Ridiculous.

    2. We just checked our speed at 18:53 IST…we got 11.26Mbps (11,267Kbps) download and 1.785Mbps upstream with a cable. The speed is not bad but they charge $60, which we think is a ripoff. But there’s not strong competition for broadband in most places in the U.S too. The speed is of course much lower (1Mbps downstream) when we use a wireless card ($60 a month again + twoyear contract).

    3. For the most part, there’s not much of a cap on usage. We subscribe to Netflix and stream movies via the Roku box. There are no issues with the cable connection. It’d be difficult to do that on 512Kbps or 256bps connection.

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