Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.4 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a year-on-year decline of 4.5%, a new report from International Data Cooperation (IDC).
IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report shows that the growth beat its initial forecast of -7.4% by roughly 3% noting that currency fluctuations in the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region constrained shipment growth.
Improved inventory levels put the market on a positive prospect for the second half of the year, according to the IDC which says that the expiration of free Windows 10 upgrades may transition some users into buying new systems rather than updating older ones.
“The PC market continues to struggle as we wait for replacements to accelerate, along with some return of spending from phones, tablets, and other IT,” Loren Loverde, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting says.
“Mobility needs continued to push interest towards notebooks, which supported overall volumes,” says the report. “2Q16 shipments represent a more normalized growth trend – still confirming long-term market erosion for traditional PCs, but showing hints of short-term stabilisation.”