PC shipments drop by about 6% as consumers opt for tablets

The story for the PC business keeps getting worse. Figures released by the research groups IDC and Gartner show that in the fourth quarter of 2012 sales of PCs dropped by about 6% year-on-year to 90m, as the business undergoes what Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa called a “structural shift”, with people buying new tablets instead of updating older PCs.”Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalising’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

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