The Dallas Morning News
PC shipments show first gain in 5 years
SAN FRANCISCO — The long-suffering personal computer market may finally be recovering from the damage inflicted by the shift to smartphones and tablets, according to a report released Tuesday.
PC shipments in the first quarter rose about 1 percent from the same period last year, based on calculations from the research firm International Data Corp. The modest gain marks the first quarterly increase in five years, a stretch that has seen people increasingly turn to mobile devices for their computing needs.
Another analysis released by Gartner Inc. painted a gloomier picture. That research firm estimated PC shipments fell 2 percent in the first quarter. The rival reports measure the market in different ways, accounting for their contrasting conclusions.
Both IDC and Gartner concurred on this point: About the only signs of life are in the corporate market, where PCs remain an essential tool.