Worldwide sales of personal computers fell 2.4 per cent in the second quarter and declined by 19.1 per cent in value, market research firm IDC reported Wednesday.
Sales of desktop computers fell 17 per cent in the second quarter from a year ago as businesses limited spending and the market continued to shift to portable computers, IDC said in its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report.
It said the only area registering growth in the quarter was consumer portable computers with shipments increasing 44 per cent from a year ago.
Traditional notebooks recorded 13 per cent growth although shipment value was down six per cent.
The mini-notebook, or netbook, share of consumer portables rose to 26 per cent from just five per cent a year ago, IDC said.
The shift is taking a toll on shipment value, however, as netbooks average just over $US400 ($463) each compared to more than $US900 ($1042) for traditional laptops, IDC said.
The market research firm said it expected desktop volume to be flat in 2010 and portable computer growth of 16.5 per cent during the year to drive overall volume gains.
IDC said it expects portable computer shipments to increase at an average growth rate of over 17 per cent through 2013.