According to market research firm Gartner, PC shipments for 2009 should be roughly 285 million units – two percent lower than last year’s 291 million units. This estimate is an improvement over the mid-year forecast though, which was an overall decrease of 6% for 2009.
According to Gartner’s research director, George Shiffler, the improvement in the forecast stems from mostly notebook and netbook sales in China and the United States. “Mobile PC shipments have regained substantial momentum, especially in emerging markets, and the decline in desk-based PC shipments is slowing down. We think shipments are likely to be growing again in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.”
And now that the economy is slowly starting to pick up again, who knows what might happen? We’ll keep you posted.