Worldwide PC shipments will drop nearly 12 percent this year, their sharpest drop ever. That's according to numbers released Monday by research firm Gartner.
“The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious,” the firm's research director, George Shiffler, said as part of the announcement. Shipments of 257 million units are expected in 2009, with desktop sales falling 32 percent and laptops rising 9 percent.
Previously, the industry's largest single-year drop was a 3.2 percent decline in 2001.