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Consumers to delay new PC purchases until 2010

IDC said that PC shipments are expected to fall by 4.5 percent in 2009, downgrading the earlier forecast of 3.8 percent it made in December. The total shipments will take a big hit in the first half of 2009, falling by 8 percent, IDC said.

Worldwide PC shipments in 2009 will total 282 million, a drop from 295.2 million in 2008. The rise in unemployment and decline in consumer spending will be the major factors for a decline in PC shipments over 2009, said David Daoud, research manager at IDC.

Consumers will defer buying or upgrading PCs to 2010 when they have more cash in the bank, which could help PC shipments rise then, Daoud said. Worldwide PC shipments are expected to grow to 300.9 million in 2010. However, it's not consumer spending alone that will determine shipments, Daoud said. PC makers will also have to identify ways to increase shipments by adding new features and personalising laptops.

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