The Gartner research group is scaling back its projection for personal computer shipments worldwide this year, saying the economic downturn in Europe and disappointing sales in the United States will leave shipments growing just 3.8 percent this year.
The forecast is down from 9.3 percent growth Gartner projected earlier in the year, and the IT industry research group said it now expects PC shipments to expand 10.9 percent in 2012, down from the 12.8 percent in an earlier forecast.
Gartner says PC shipments fell 19 percent in Europe in the second quarter and that early reports suggest weak PC sales during the back-to-school season in the United States.
“An increasing pessimistic economic outlook it causing both consumer and business sentiment to deteriorate in both regions,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
Gartner says the personal computer market faces deeper structural changes with the growing popularity of tablets and other mobile devices, leading sellers to overhaul their business models.
“The resulting chaos is just creating more confusion across the entire PC supply chain,” said Gartner’s George Shiffler.