The PC industry just showed its first signs of growth in 6 years — but don’t expect this rebound to last (HPQ, AAPL)
Worldwide PC shipments grew in the second quarter for the first time in six years, Gartner reported Thursday.
But that rebound isn’t likely to last, Gartner warned.
Consumers continue to abandon PCs for smartphones, schools are turning to Chromebooks, and business demand was boosted by an upgrade cycle that will likely taper off within two years.
The PC business isn’t dead yet.
But it sure doesn’t look very good, and its prospects continue to look bleak.
Those seem to be the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report on PC shipments, which it issued on Thursday. The report showed that for the first quarter in more than six years, the number of PCs shipped worldwide actually grew on annual basis.
It’s certainly good news for the industry that shipments grew, but the results weren’t exactly impressive. Overall shipments were 62.1 million, up just 1.4% from the same period last year. And while the top five PC makers all grew in the quarter, shipments from the rest of the market plunged 13% in the period.
Even with the growth, shipments in the quarter were still down by nearly a third from the third quarter of 2011, when PC shipments hit their peak at 91.8 million.
Consumers are trading PCs for smartphones
What’s worse, the rebound — such as it was — is likely to be short-lived. Consumers continue to abandon PCs, choosing instead to use their smartphones for more and more tasks, Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at the research firm, noted in the report.
“In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth,” Kitagawa said.
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Source:: Business Insider