Global sales of personal computers reached 91.8 million units in the third quarter of 2011, a 3.2 percent increase from the same period last year according to a recent report from Gartner.
While the numbers were up over 2010, they were below Gartner’s earlier projection for 5.1 percent growth. Gartner sales figures include desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Worldwide Sales of personal computers are expected reach 364 million units in 2011, up 3.8 percent from 2010 according to an updated forecast from the Gartner research firm. While the numbers are expected to be positive for the year, the estimates are much weaker than originally predicted.
Worldwide Sales of personal computers is expected reach 285 million units in 2011 according to updated forecast from the Gartner research firm.
The firm projects sales will be up 9.3 percent for the year. This is slightly lower than Gartner’s previous projection of 10.5 percent growth (387.8 million units) for this year.
Worldwide s PC shipments totalled 84.3 million units in the first three months of 2011, a 1.1 percent decline from the first quarter of 2010, according to a recent report by Gartner.
While the first quarter is typically a slow one for computer sales, the weak sales, especially among consumers, suggest the decline was more than just a seasonal slowdown.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 350.9 million units in 2010 according to preliminary data released this month by Gartner. The numbers include desktop and mobile computers, including mini-notebooks but not media tablet such as the iPad.
Sales were up 13.8% over the 308.3 million units shipped in 2009. Despite the strong increase for the year, sales in the final quarter of the year were 93.5 million, up just 3.1% from the same quarter of 2009 and well below Gartner’s earlier forecast of 4.8 percent growth for the quarter.