Tablet to Surpass PC’s in Sales 2011

Gartner Inc. cut its global personal-computer shipments forecast for 2010 and 2011 as consumers rein in spending and interest grows in tablet devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPad

112910digits_512x288Tablet devices are expected to displace 10% of PC shipments by 2014, according to the research firm. The impact of tablets is already evident this year, when PC shipments are projected to total 352.4 million units, up 14.3% from last year, according to Gartner. The group had earlier projected a growth rate of 17.9% for this year.

Next year, PC unit sales are expected to reach 409 million units, up 15.9% year-over-year, slower than Gartner’s earlier projection of 18.1%.

"These results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad," Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal said in a statement.

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