Recession Dims Mac Sales Outlook

From PC World: The short-term outlook for sales of Apple Inc. 's Macs has significantly slipped in the last month, indicating that the company isn't immune to the recession, a market research company said today.

According to ChangeWave Research, 27% of the U.S. consumers surveyed who said that they plan to buy a laptop in the next 90 days said that their new purchase would be a Mac . Apple's slice of the increasingly shrinking pool of buyers was down 6 percentage points from the last similar survey done by ChangeWave in November 2008.

"[That's] our weakest visibility reading for Apple laptops in nearly two years," said Paul Carton , ChangeWave's research director.

Recent sales also were weaker than a year ago, Carton said. Among the people who bought a computer in the last 90 days, 22% said they bought a Mac laptop and 17% confirmed they'd purchased a Mac desktop. Both numbers were down four percentage points from the November survey.

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