Samsung denies pulling out of desktop PC business

Calling the claims "groundless," the electronics giant denies it is pulling out of the desktop business, despite falling PC shipments worldwide.

Samsung's Chromebook. And yes, that's a lot of yellow. Image: CNET

You can bet that The Korea Times is off Samsung's Christmas card list this year.

Samsung said in a statement to our sister site CNET that the rumor circulating on Monday that the electronics giant is withdrawing from the PC desktop business is "groundless," despite a slump in PC shipments worldwide.

The company said it "will continue to offer diverse PC products according to consumer and market needs."

Samsung remains in the newcomer's category in the PC business, compared to companies like Dell or HP, or even Lenovo, which acquired IBM's business PC range back in 2005. Though Samsung's market share is fairly low, it has recently seen a healthy jump in sales, thanks to a rise in its Chromebook sales.

According to IDC analyst David Daoud speaking to CNET at the time, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung "identifi[ed] the opportunities and weaknesses of competitors" and are executing appropriately and intelligently.

In April, IDC figures showed that global PC shipments had declined by 14 percent during the first three months of 2013, which under closer examination turned out to be the worst plunge for the segment since 1994.

Gartner said on Monday that PC sales — including both desktops and laptops — are expected to fall by another 10.6 percent in 2013 on the year prior.