A recent release from Gartner states, “2016 Marked the Fifth Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline.” PC shipments in the US totaled 16.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016. That is a 1.3 percent decline from the same quarter in 2015. What does this mean for those working in the PC business?

The Research Director for Gartner, Ranjit Atwal, shared further insights into these trends by saying, “It’s starting to hit bottom and we expect that to steady moving forward as businesses, rather than consumers start to refresh their PCs.”

According to Steve Ranger of ZDNet, “One area of potential growth is in demand for devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and others that incorporate a speech activated digital assistant.”
Mikako Kitagawa is the principal analyst at Gartner. According to Ms. Kitagawa, “although the overall PC market will see stagnation, there are growth opportunities within the market, such as the engaged PC user market, the business market and gaming. However, these growth areas will not prevent the overall decline of the PC market, at least in the next year.”

Gartner is forecasting an increase in PC sales in 2018 with a new buying cycle for businesses and personal users who are purchasing replacement PCs.

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Sources:
Gartner: https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3568420, http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3560517
ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-return-of-the-pc-why-its-ready-for-a-comeback-after-years-of-decline/