Technology Worldwide PC shipments continued to fall in the third quarter, says Gartner


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Nov 10, 2017
The analyst company Gartner has announced that worldwide PC shipments decreased by 9% year-over-year to 64.3 million units. This is the eighth consecutive quarter of decline for the global PC market but this trend could be bucked next quarter.

Commenting on the data, Mikako Kitagawa, Director Analyst at Gartner, said:
‘There is evidence that the PC market’s decline has finally bottomed out. Seasonal demand from the education market boosted shipments in the third quarter, although enterprise PC demand remained weak, offsetting some growth. Vendors also made consistent progress towards reducing PC inventory, with inventory expected to return to normal by the end of 2023, as long as holiday sales do not collapse.’

The comments at the end of that quote are interesting. Given the rate of inflation and the cost of living pressures people face, budgets could still be squeezed to the point where people still cut back on their PC spending.

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