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Microsoft predicts another cruel quarter for PCs

Gregg Keizer | July 24, 2013
Windows sales to OEMs will be down 'mid-teens,' says CFO, which means at least that large a decline in personal computer shipments

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.

PC shipments chart
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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