iSuppli PC shipments fall

PC shipments to fall for first time in 11 years

If you need more evidence that the world — and the workplace — is going mobile, an industry forecast says that PC sales this fall will decline for the first time in 11 years.

CNNMoney cites a report from IHS iSuppli that PC shipments for the third quarter (which typically are boosted by back-to-school sales) fell by more than 8 percent, the first drop since the bust of 2001. The PC industry had a lot riding on sales on Intel-powered ultrabooks that never materialized, the report said. Next question is whether the new Windows 8 software will spur sales around the holidays, even as analysts predict that any boost won’t be as big as the industry is hoping for.

That doesn’t mean that desktop and laptop PCs will disappear; despite the quarterly decline, they still outsell tablets by a significant margin. And for the foreseeable future there are still some things you really need a PC for. But analysts say the IHS report is further evidence of the shift toward smart phones and tablets.

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