PC sales were record-setting bad in Q1 2013. Worldwide shipments of PCs fell 14% last quarter, according to IDC. It was the worst yearly decline since IDC began tracking the data in 1994. In case you are wondering PCs include Desktops, Portables, Mini Notebooks, and Workstations. These figures do not include handhelds, x86 Servers and Tablets. The drop in PC shipments was nearly twice as bad as the 7.7% decline IDC expected, and it marked the fourth consecutive quarter in which PC shipments fell year-over-year. Will Intel Haswell processors and Windows Blue (8.1) be enough to make consumers buy a new PC in the 2H of 2013?
The U.S. market had another dismal quarter in 1Q13, contracting -12.7% year on year, with a drop of -18.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. With total volume falling to 14.2 million, quarterly shipments reached their lowest level since the first quarter of 2006. With this latest figure, the U.S. is now in its tenth consecutive quarter of year-on-year contraction (excluding a brief moment of growth – less than 2% year on year – in 3Q11).