Report: PCs bound for 1st sales decline since 2001
Although small, the anticipated decline would be the first time that annual PC sales haven’t grown since 2001.
PC makers began the year with hope that a new wave of lightweight laptops called ultrabooks would provide a sales lift. But the ultrabooks haven’t been compelling enough to overcome the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers. Those mobile devices are reducing the need for consumers and businesses to buy new PCs or replace older ones.