SAN FRANCISCO—The Chinese PC market grew less than expected in February, leading market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) to cut its first quarter forecast.
IDC (Framingham, Mass.) said it now expects first quarter PC shipments to be down nearly 10 percent as OEMs and the supply chain works through the transition to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. The firm had previously forecast a decline of about 8 percent in the first quarter.
China is the top PC market in the world. IDC said some of the projected decline is the result of Chinese New Year and other expected factors. But new budget cuts from the Chinese government as well as anti-corruption measures are also slowing PC purchases more than expected, IDC said. March should recover somewhat in China, but not enough to offset the weak February result, the firm said.
Loren Loverde, vice president of IDC's worldwide PC tracker report, said in a statement that PC shipments could decline by a double digit percentage in the first quarter and mid-single digits in the second quarter before growth in the second half of the year.
"Even getting to positive growth in the second half of 2013 will take some attractive new PC designs and more competitive pricing relative to tablets and other products," Loverde said through a statement.