2009 to be PC industry worst year

       At the end of 2009, the number of PCs shipped is expected to be lower than the previous year, a rarity for the industry. It would be the first time that’s happened since 2001. A report released that 287.3 million PCs will be shipped in 2009, a 4 percent decrease from the 299.2 million shipped around the world in 2008.

       And though expectations weren’t particularly high for this year, the industry is now on track to do worse than previously thought: iSuppli had predicted 0.7 percent growth for the year. PC makers have been able to ship more each year for eight straight years, so it’s fair to say this dip is unusual.

       “Even in weak years, PC unit shipments typically rise by single-digit percentages,” said by Matthew Wilkins, analyst at iSuppli.

      The culprit in this case is the fading out of the desktop computer. Shipments of desktops are expected to decline 18.1 percent this year, as notebook PCs become ever more popular. Notebooks are on track to grow almost 12 percent this year, for the first time outpacing desktop shipments for a whole year.

      PC manufacturers have looked for ways in the last couple years to reinvigorate desktop sales. Many have been pushing all-in-one desktop computers, some with touch-screen interfaces. It’s been clear for several years that PC buyers prefer mobility, and the increasing power of notebooks have helped push more customers in that direction.

      Another factor in the sagging PC industry is the severe drop off in IT spending by large corporate customers. There could be good news ahead though. Dell’s CFO said Monday the company is seeing demand for its computers, servers, and services stabilizing, which could mean they think they’ve seen the bottom of the market.

      This news is from China electronics manufacturer.

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