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5 Factors That Play Into IDC's Weak PC Market Forecast

The latest PC forecast from IDC says the channel's 'cautious attitude' began to subside but that the market isn't expected to continue improving.

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Mixed Results For PCs

The PC market didn't take the dive it was expected to take in the second quarter, but it didn't register positive growth either, according to a forecast from research firm IDC. In addition, IDC said, the next five years could be tough.

The market is on what IDC calls the "slow path to stabilization," as global economic conditions and shifting buying habits continue to impact sales. IDC predicts that PC shipments will return to "positive (albeit minimal) growth" in 2018.

At the root of the PC market's weakness is competition from other devices, and the fact that PCs are lasting longer, according to IDC. IDC also expects the consolidation to benefit market leaders like Dell, HP Inc. and Lenovo, which together control more than half the worldwide PC market. Click through for a rundown of key stats and expectations about the near future of the PC market.

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