PC shipments, which have been declining for a while now, saw their biggest decline in 2013, according to research firms Gartner and IDC.
Both research firms reported that PC shipments last year declined a record 10 percent from 2012.
“This is the worst decline in PC market history, equal to the shipment level in 2009,” according to the Gartner news release.
Overall, worldwide PC shipments totaled 315.9 million units in 2013, according to Gartner. IDC, meanwhile, had total shipments at 314.5 million units.
“Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending,” said Loren Loverde, an IDC vice president, said in a news release. “Although U.S. growth slipped a little in the fourth quarter, other regions all improved, reinforcing our view that growth rates will continue to improve gradually during 2014 despite remaining in negative territory.”
For the fourth quarter of 2013, PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units — a decline of 5.6 percent from the year-ago period, which was slightly better than the 6 percent decline forecasted, according to IDC.
Gartner, meanwhile, said 82.6 million units were shipped in the fourth quarter, marking a 6.9 percent decline.
Here are IDC and Gartner’s full-year 2013 charts: