Computer sales forecast for 2011 revised downward

Research firm Gartner Inc. today revised its forecasts for worldwide PC shipments due to weakness in the demand for mobile computers and increasing demand for media tablets and other internet enabled devices.

The research now predicts 2011 computer sales will increase 10.5 percent over 2010 to 387.8 million units, down from their previous projection of 15.9 percent growth this year. For 2012, Gartner has revised its sales growth estimates down from 14.8 percent to 13.6 percent.

Media Tablet and eReader sales continue to grow at a torrid pace

The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1% in the third quarter of 2010 thanks to continued huge demand for the Apple iPad according to a report out this week from the International Data Corporation.

Meanwhile, global eReader sales expanded rapidly in the third quarter of 2010 with total shipments reaching 2.7 million units, representing a 40% gain over the previous quarter.