If Hood's PC prediction comes true, it would be the sixth straight quarterly contraction by the business, set a record for the sharpest single-quarter decline, and put 2013 on pace for the largest-ever shipment drop in the nearly 20 years that researchers IDC and Gartner have tracked numbers.
Microsoft has predicted that Windows sales to OEMs will drop by 'mid-teens' in the quarter ending Sept. 30, implying a decline of approximately 15% in PC shipments for the period. The column tinted red is 'Peak PC,' the third quarter of 2011, when the largest-ever number of personal computers rolled off factory lines. (Data: IDC, Microsoft.)
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