PC shipments continue to drop

IBM PCIDC said that worldwide shipments of PCs – including notebooks, desktops and servers – will fall by 10 percent in this, the fourth quarter, meaning growth for the whole of 2015 is likely to be 10.3 percent.

A strong US dollar, depressed commodity prices and existing stock in the channel mean that the first quarter of next year will also be lower than some expected.

However, IDC believes that shupments will stabilise by the end of next year and even grow towards the end of the year.

It believes that replacements for commercial replacements will stabilise and help grow the market, particularly so once Windows 10 is adopted by enterprises.

IDC’s Loren Loverde said that “very few people are giving up their PC – they are just making it last longer”.