For the year, Gartner estimated shipments at 269.717 million, down 6.2 per cent year-on-year, with each of the major manufacturers except Dell reporting falling sales.
Gartner says high-end PCs are doing well, but of course, are a smaller market:
There have been innovative form factors, like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This high end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.
There may less volume, but it’d be nice to know how that effects profits in the notoriously slim margin PC business.
Meanwhile, on overall, global IT spend:
Companies are due to splash $3.5tr (£2.87tr) on IT this year, globally, although that is down from its previous projection of three per cent.
See some more commentary of that forecast.