Gartner And IDC Offer Vastly Different Estimates Of PC Sales For Q3

10 October 2013

9to5Mac:

US Mac sales fell year-on-year as part of the global decline in the PC market as consumers switch to tablets, phablets and smartphones – but the two major market analysts produced wildly differing estimates of the size of that fall.

IDC has a dramatic drop of 11.2 percent, from 2.14M in the third quarter of 2012 to 1.9M in the same quarter this year, while Gartner shows a much more modest decline of 2.3 percent from 2.2M (close to IDC’s number) to 2.1M.

The difference between an 11 percent fall and a 2 percent fall is huge. Ridiculous, really.