Research firm IDC cuts its outlook for PC sales in 2015

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NEW YORK (AP) — A research firm is forecasting a bigger decline in personal computer sales in 2015.

International Data Corp. projected Thursday that PC sales would drop 4.9 percent to 293.1 million worldwide. IDC had previously forecast a 3.3-percent drop.

PC sales fell 2.2 percent in 2014.

IDC said it cut its forecast because the stronger U.S. dollar is making computers more expensive in other countries and it expects Microsoft Corp. to scale back subsidies for some products. Shipments are also being pushed to later in 2015 as consumers wait for new products like Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, expected later this year.

PC sales have been slumping for the past two years as more consumers turn to mobile devices. But there have been recent signs the worst of the decline is over. And in the long term, IDC expects declines to level out, with PC shipments of 291.4 million in 2019.

IDC predicts desktop PC shipments will drop 6.2 percent and laptop shipments will fall 3.9 percent this year.

Earlier Thursday Intel cut its first-quarter revenue forecast, partly because demand for business desktop PCs was weaker than it expected.

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  1. Really, a lot of consumers that really have never had any real need for a full desktop computer and will be less and less incline to buy one now. Most tablets now have full word-processing and other office software, image manipulation, video manipulation, can remote access full computers and do almost, if not everything, that the vast majority of people want to do on a desktop without the complication of managing the system software, bugs, viruses, hardware incompatibility and the like. These days we can do more and more with less hardware. These days hard disks and printers can be accessed via wifi and bluetooth.

    There will always be a need for desktop computers for business, gamers, scientists, IT professionals and hobbyists. Before phones and tablets where near the tip of the pyramid but I think it is inverting where the laptop and desktop computer are going to be the tip. The same as with landline phones where the norm, years ago, and now many people, even if they have wired internet, almost exclusively use their mobile for calling others.