PC sales are slowing a bit faster than expected leading research firm IDC to revise its figures downward.
In a report released earlier this week, IDC estimates worldwide shipments increased only 9.7 percent from the same quarter a year ago. IDC had earlier forecast PC growth of over 10 percent for the next several years.
Overall, PC sales were strong but for a few areas, primarily Europe. Broad interest in the World Cup soccer matches hurt sales throughout Europe where the increase for the quarter was only about 7 percent compared to a year ago. IDC had forecast 12 percent growth in Europe for the quarter.
PC shipments in the United States increased by 6.7 percent but IDC said that was a good result following slower sales the previous two quarters. Sales were slightly ahead of IDC’s forecast.
“Manufacturers in the United States were very assertive in the second quarter and used low prices and portable adoption to collectively reverse sluggish growth trends from the previous six months,” said Richard Shim, senior analyst with IDC’s Personal Computing program.
“HP, (Quote, Chart) Apple, (Quote, Chart) and Gateway led the charge with double digit growth rates outpacing the industry average. Dell (Quote, Chart) slightly lagged the market while maintaining its leadership position by a wide margin.”