Hard-drive woes hit PC shipments in fourth quarter

Shortages of hard drives and competition from other devices squeezed the PC market at the end of 2011, research has shown, with only Apple delivering strong growth
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

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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