PCs continue to fail

IBM PCFigures from IDC showed that the market for PCs in the Middle East and African (MEA) market continued to fall.

Its latest figures showed that in the first quarter of this year, sales fell by 9.6 percent compared to the same quarter last year, with only 4.3 million units shipped.

But the decline is a little more complicated than people getting bored of PCs. IDC thinks the “poor performance” is because of currency changes in some regions and also the instability caued by global oil prices.

Laptops fell by 9.4 percent to 2.7 million units. Desktop shipments fell by 10 percent, to 1.6 million units.

Fouad Charakla, research manager for PCs said that important markets like Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt and Algeria all faltered mainly because of currency fluctuations. Turkey, however, was hit “inventory pile ups” from the previous quarter.

HP is number one in the market, followed by Lenovo and Dell. But Toshiba – which is in fourth place – fell by a precipitous 34.3 percent.

IDC thinks that the MEA PC market will continue to fall in 2015 by an estimated 4.8 percent, year on year.

And IDC is predicting that the market between 2019 will stay flat. Commercial outfits will stay loyal to the X86 standard, but ordinary people will buy tablets and smartphones.