IDC: PC shipments worldwide dropped by nearly 10 percent in 2013

The global market intelligence firm described 2013's PC industry slump as "the most severe contraction on record."

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The latest report from the IDC on Tuesday does not spell out good things for the near or long-term future of the PC industry.

PC shipments worldwide dropped by 9.8 percent in 2013, according to the market intelligence firm.

Based on the IDC's assessment, there are two ways to look at this. The first is that outcome is actually better than analyst expectations, which previously predicted a decline of 10.1 percent.

But in the same sentence, the IDC still described 2013's results as "the most severe contraction on record."

While mobile is usually pinpointed as the default culprit for PC shipment declines, nowhere might that be more prevalent than in emerging markets.

Loren Loverde, vice president of the worldwide PC trackers team at IDC, acknowledged in the report that emerging markets "used to be a core driver" for the PC market.

But now, he continued, those same regions are seeing "significant shifts in technology buying priorities" -- not to mention suffering weak economic climates.

Handoko Andi, research manager for client devices at IDC Asia/Pacific, warned particularly about tumultuous political climates as well, especially in India, Indonesia, and Thailand, throughout 2014.

Thus, IDC analysts don't expect growth rates above zero this year, instead lowering annual growth expectations by just over two percent.

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