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October 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Is the worst over for PC sales decline?

The bad news is PC shipments are still declining. The good news is third quarter results were better than expected.

That’s according to research firm Gartner, which reports that worldwide PC shipments declined 8.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter last year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of decline. A total of 80.3 million units were shipped in the quarter.

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May 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

IDC: Tablet shipments to beat laptop shipments in 2013; pass all PCs by 2015

Research firm IDC has just released its forecast predicting that tablet shipments will beat those of notebooks this year and surpass total PC shipments (notebooks and desktops) by 2015. It cites the growing popularity of tablets as well as the plunging PC market. IDC is forecasting negative growth for PC shipments for the second consecutive year,…

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April 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Veteran analyst Sherlund downgrades Microsoft in wake of steep PC shipment declines

Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund, of financial services firm Nomura, has downgraded Microsoft stock from “buy” to “neutral.”

He did so following reports yesterday from research firms IDC and Gartner that showed steep declines in PC shipments last quarter — far steeper than was forecast.

IDC had said wordwide PC shipments plunged 13.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year — the steepest year-over-year quarterly decline since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. It placed much of the blame on Windows 8. Gartner, meanwhile, had said worldwide PC shipments dropped 11.2 percent from last year to the lowest level since the second quarter of 2009.

Nomura’s Sherlund wrote in his note to investors this morning:

The combination of Windows 8′s sluggish adoption and the absence of compelling new hardware have been disappointing, with no relief likely until later this year when Intel’s Haswell new notebook processor extends Ultrabook battery life to 10 hours and prices fall to an expected $600 level.

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