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May 2, 2012

Battling Tablets, PC Growth expected at 12%

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Chart: Total Worldwide Desktop PC vs. Portable PC Shipments, 2011 - 2016 Emerging vs. Mature Markets (Shipments in Millions)Description: Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, March 12, 2012Note: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker provides PC market data for over 80 countries by vendor, form factor, brand, processor brand and speed, sales channel and user segment. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis as well as price band and installed base data.For more information, or to subscribe to the research, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or detail about this tracker can be found at: IDC, Tracker, Desktop PC, Portable PC, PC Shipments, Emerging Markets, ...Author: IDCcharts powered by i

Worldwide PC shipment growth for 2011 tallied up to 1.8%. IDC expects 2012 PC growth to round out at 5.0% for the year. "Many consumers are holding off making PC purchases at the moment because tablet devices like Apple's iPad are proving to be a powerful distraction," according to Bob O'Donnell, the vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC.

Growth through 2016 is expected to grow modestly (>10%) as the industry explores how to best accommodate consumer expectations for "ubiquitous computing".