IDC Cuts its Forecast for Worldwide PC Shipments for 2015

International Data Corp. (IDC) has reduced its forecast for global PC shipments for 2015. The global personal computer market advisory firm has cut the forecast it thinks that the stronger US dollar make toll on sales.

As per the advisory firm's forecast, the shipments for 2015 would decline 4.9%. IDC said that its expected global PC shipments for 2015 would be 293.1 million units, down from 308.1 million units shipped a year earlier.

IDC predicted that decline in worldwide desktop shipments could be 6.2% in 2015. In the case of portable PC shipments, fall of 3.9% year-on-year to 167.5 million units. IDC said that in the emerging markets, PC shipments are expected to fall 4.7% in 2015 to 156 million units.

Shipments of PCs in mature markets are likely to fall 5.1% this year to 137.1 million units. Shipments of desktop PCs and portable PCs are predicted to decline 8.8% and 2.9%, respectively.

"In addition to IDC's downward revision, Intel also downgraded its sales outlook for the first quarter overnight. That's why local PC makers and vendors came under some pressure this morning", said IDC.

Intel at an investor conference said its first quarter revenue will be US$12.8 billion, plus or minus US$300 million, a drop from an earlier target range of US$13.2 billion to US$14.2 billion. The drop reflected the general weakness in the PC business worldwide.