PC market a mixed bag when tablets factored in

PC market a mixed bag when tablets factored in

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New data from research firm Canalys says that the total PC market, including tablets, fell 6 percent in the fourth quarter but was up 3 percent for all of 2014.

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The PC market had a rough fourth quarter but a relatively decent 2014, new data from research firm Canalys shows.

Total worldwide PC shipments, including notebooks, desktops and tablets, reached 148 million units in the fourth quarter, a 6 percent decline compared with the same period in 2013, Canalys reported Tuesday. Full-year 2014 PC shipments hit 528 million units, representing a 3 percent gain over the previous year.

Canalys is one of the few companies that combines tablets with desktops and notebooks in its PC market data. Typically, tablets are viewed as mobile devices, while notebooks and desktops are categorized as PCs.

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Without that tweaked definition, the PC market’s troubles would have looked a bit different in the fourth quarter. Canalys said that while desktop shipments fell in the quarter, notebook shipments rose 1 percent year over year. Worldwide tablet shipments were down 12 percent to 67 million units in the fourth quarter.

The tablet market’s troubles were echoed an IDC report released Monday that showed tablet shipments in decline. However, the research firm included both traditional tablets and 2-in-1 devices (hybrids of laptops and tablets) in its report. Thus, IDC reported that total tablet market shipments reached 76.1 million in the fourth quarter, declining by 3.2 percent from a year earlier.

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