Improving Despite A Decline
Global PC sales in the third quarter totaled over 78.5 million units, a decline of 1.7 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
IDC said the slight decline represents a "sizable improvement" over the research firm's originally forecasted 4.1 percent decline.
Over 17.3 million PCs were sold in the United States during the third quarter, up 4.3 percent. Portable PCs built up a "strong momentum," growing 9 percent year-over-year, while desktop shipments were "sluggish" with negative growth.
IDC predicts a "healthy holiday season" for the U.S. PC market.