PC sales struggle again

New data from IDC and Gartner has revealed that the US trade war with China and processor shortages have had a significant impact of PC sales at a time when the PC market appeared to be recovering.

According to IDC, shipments of traditional PCs came in at 68.1m units during the fourth quarter which is down by 3.7 per cent from the same time last year. The decline during Q4 is the largest since Q3 2016 and for the year PC sales were down by 0.4 per cent.

IDC's data also revealed that vendors built up their inventories during the third quarter before processor shortages and the trade war began. 

Consumer demand drove the PC industry during the fourth quarter but …
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