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PC shipments to sink record 12 percent in 2009: Gartner
March 2, 2009 / 12:13 PM / 9 years ago

PC shipments to sink record 12 percent in 2009: Gartner

HELSINKI (Reuters) - PC shipments will fall 11.9 percent in 2009, their sharpest fall ever, with sales in emerging markets contracting for the first time, research firm Gartner said on Monday.

<p>A customer looks at computers in the French FNAC department store in Nice, southeastern France, February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

“The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious,” said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner.

The global PC industry was resilient for most of last year when other technology sectors were ailing, but it too has now been caught up in the deepening economic downturn that has sapped demand from consumers and corporate buyers.

Gartner said it expected PC sales to fall 11.9 percent in 2009 to 257 million computers, with sales of desktops falling 32 percent from last year and sales of laptops rising 9 percent.

The PC market’s previous sharpest fall was a 3.2-percent drop in 2001.

Sales in emerging markets are seen shrinking 10.4 percent, Gartner said. Thus far the slowest year for those markets has been 11.1 percent growth in 2002.

Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by David Cowell

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