PC and tablet sales will fall again

Sales of PCs and tablets worldwide will take a huge hit as the deteriorating economic situation and rising inflation hit another major market.

The latest report (opens in new tab) of IDC paint a bleak picture of the coming years for PC makers and tablet fans alike, with sales set to drop dramatically after peaking during the pandemic.

The analyst firm predicts that shipments of “traditional” PCs (desktops, notebooks and workstations) will fall by 12.8% in 2022, while shipments of tablets will fall by 6.8% as consumers and business buyers around the world tighten their belts.

PC sales fall

The consumer market is expected to see a 9.9% drop in shipments as demand for newer appliances dries up due to the deteriorating economic situation. Business sales are expected to fall 1.6% year-over-year, with SMB shipments down 10.5% compared to 2021.

Overall, IDC estimates total PC and tablet sales in 2022 to be 462.1 million units, a 10.8% decrease from the previous year.

The company notes that it expects shipments to continue to decline in 2023, where the combined PC and tablet market is estimated to decline by 2.6% due to a slowdown in demand in the consumer and education sectors, and business targets have yet to be set. are increasingly forced to monitor budgets.

However, the outlook is not entirely bleak, as sales will grow again in 2024. By 2026, IDC predicts that sales in the global PC market will have surpassed the 2022 shipment numbers.

“While demand is slowing, the outlook for shipments remains above pre-pandemic levels,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers.

“Long-term demand will be driven by a slow economic recovery coupled with an enterprise hardware refresh as Windows 10 support nears its end. Educational deployments and hybrid work are also expected to become a mainstay for additional volume.”