PC Shipments Decline 28% in Fourth Quarter of 2022

From CNET: PC shipments fell below analysts' expectations in the fourth quarter of 2022, with PC makers shipping 67.2 million computers, a drop of 28.1% compared with the same quarter a year earlier, according to preliminary results that market researcher IDC released Tuesday.

The decline in the fourth quarter followed a 15% drop in the third quarter. For the full year, shipments were down 15.6%.

IDC said it was clear that the PC market's pandemic buying boom is over, but it noted that despite recent declines, PC shipments for the entire year were above pre-pandemic levels.

"Consecutive quarters of declines clearly paint a gloomy picture of the PC market, but this is really all about perception," Ryan Reith, group vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers, said in a statement. "2021 was near historic levels for PC shipments, so any comparison is going to be distorted."

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