Global PC shipments for the fourth quarter of 2011 were down 0.2 percent compared to a year ago, according to data from IDC and Gartner.
The industry was hit by hard-drive shortages and competition from tablets, phones and e-readers, the research said. Only Apple — fuelled by its solid-state drive MacBook Air — skated by unscathed. Apple delivered fourth-quarter growth of 18 percent in the US.
For 2011, the PC industry grew at a rate of 1.6 percent. Europe and Asia were better than expected. IDC expects first-quarter shipments to slow, but then pick up in the fourth quarter. For 2012, IDC is expecting growth of 5.4 percent.
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