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Survey: Global PC Sales Likely to Drop in 2012

New research from market-analysis firm IHS iSuppli anticipates worldwide PC sales in 2012 will drop for the first time in 11 years. The firm expects PC sales to drop 1.2 percent to 348.7 million units. Sales in 2011 were 352.8 million. “There was great hope through the first half [of this year] that 2012 would prove to be a rebound year for the PC market,” stated Craig Stice, IHS’s senior principal analyst for computer systems. “Now three quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel’s third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down. Optimism has vanished and turned to doubt, and the industry is now training its sights on 2013 to deliver the hoped-for rebound.” Tablet sales and smartphone adoption are eroding PC sales. Some market watchers predict sales of tablets will overtake those of PCs by 2016, if not earlier. Stice claimed there is some possibility the market could rebound on the coattails of Windows 8 adoptions in 2013. (PhysOrg)(CNET)(iSuppli)

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