Gartner predicts a 4% drop in global PC, tablet and mobile shipments in 2023 with 1.7 billion units sold in the coming months. The recession this year should remain lower than last year, when the market saw a 11.9% drop in device sales in 12 months.
“The economic downturn will continue to reduce demand for devices through 2023. In fact, end-user spending is expected to decline by 5.1% this year,” said Ranjit Atwal, Analyst and Senior Director at Gartner. The executive explains that for 2023 the economic outlook is less pessimistic considering the possible increase in consumer and business spending.
According to Gartner analysts, PC shipments are expected to continue falling this year, registering a 6.8% drop in 2023 after having plummeted 16% in the previous year. Manufacturers are expected to sell off their inventories in the 1st semester and renew from the middle of the 2nd semester of this year, after a significant increase in loads stored in 2022.
In parallel to this is the smartphone segment, a category that should also suffer a sharp drop, regressing 4% in the total of devices sold in 2023. By all indications, this market should sell 1.23 billion units this year, remaining below the 1.28 billion units by 2022.
This scenario may reflect consumers’ decision to keep their smartphones longer before switching to a newer model. ” “Consumers are keeping their cell phones longer than expected, six to nine months, and switching from fixed to flexible contracts in the absence of significant new technologies”, highlights the analyst.
“Just as business confidence was starting to recover after the worst of the pandemic, it has declined significantly in most regions. We do not expect the easing of inflation and this crisis to occur until the fourth quarter of 2023”, concludes Atwal.
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