This IDC study presents an updated look at the worldwide PC marketplace going forward. It incorporates 4Q12 data, with the forecast out to 2017. It is valid as of March 2013 and provides forecast and growth figures for PC shipments at the worldwide level and for key regional markets.
"The worldwide PC market contraction of 2012 is likely to continue, at least over the first half of 2013 before we can see some stabilization. After finishing 2012 with a 3.7% fall in shipments, the PC market in 2013 will further shrink by 1.3% as a result of a weak first half and a subdued second half of the year," says Rajani Singh, research analyst, IDC's United States Quarterly PC Tracker program. "Despite remaining weak in relation to its past performance, the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region will show the best momentum over the forecast period, growing at a 2012-2017 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4% versus the global market equivalent of 1.7%."