The global sales of computers dropped by 14 percent from January to March 2013, the biggest decrease since 1994; according to the data revealed by research firm, International Data Corporation (IDC).
IDC described that 76.3 million units of PCs were shipped. While this showed that there was a decrease in the demand of PCs, it also indicated, on the other hand, that there was an increase in the appeal for smartphones and tablets, which are alternatives to the PCs. IDC, also explained that the industry failed to revitalize despite the latest version of Microsoft Windows- Windows 8.
Apart from this, recession also forced the companies to put back the renewal of PCs.
Traditionally, the computer companies used to replace the PCs after every three years, but because of economic meltdown, this started happening after every five years.
The largest PCs maker of the world, Hewlett-Packard (HP), witnessed a decrease of 24 percent in shipment in first quarter of 2013, in comparison to same period in 2012. On the other hand, Lenovo of China had steady sales during this quarter of 2013.
About International Data Corporation (IDC)
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