IDC reduces 2013 PC sales forecast: Down 15 percent in consumer markets


Cyber Monday may have been a win overall, but this holiday season won’t be enough to improve sagging PC sales. IDC lowered its previous estimate on Monday, suggesting that total computer sales in 2013 will decline 10.1 percent, dropping down to sales levels last seen in 2008. Some of the sales slump over the past five years can be attributed to economic uncertainties around the world but the bigger and long-term reason is less need to replace a PC, according to IDC.


That’s bad news for Microsoft(s msft), of course, as it has only been recently that the company has made strides in selling Windows Phones handsets. The company’s Surface tablets haven’t been a hit yet — Microsoft took a $900 million inventory write-down on the products earlier in July this year — and the uptake of Windows 8 appears mediocre.

It’s interesting to note that where Microsoft…

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