CHART OF THE DAY: The Latest PC 'Growth' Numbers Show No Growth At All

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PC shipments are stagnant. According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments in Q2 were basically flat, declining -0.1 per cent from last year. PC shipments have grown only 5 per cent since the second quarter of 2010, when the iPad was introduced.

Reasons for the bad numbers:

  • The global economy remains weak.
  • The upgrade cycle for business PCs has lengthened.
  • The iPad killed the netbook market, which had been driving growth for the past few years.
  • Some Windows loyalists are probably waiting for Windows 8 and the new hardware form factors that will ship with it, such as Microsoft’s Surface, a touch screen tablet that doubles as a small laptop.

Microsoft and its PC partners have high hopes for Windows 8, which will start shipping on new PCs in October.┬áBut for now, the PC market sure doesn’t look good.

chart of the day, global pc shipment by manufacturer, july 2012

Photo: Gartner

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