Worldwide shipments of the once-mighty PC will see their most precipitous decline ever this year, with even more bad news to come in 2014.

PC shipments, which just months ago were expected to fall 9.7 percent, instead will drop 10.1 percent this year, representing “by far the most severe yearly contraction on record,” according to research firm International Data Corp. And IDC expects global PC sales to fall an additional 3.8 percent in 2014.

Still, it's probably premature to write the PC's obituary.

While the number of PCs shipped around the world plunged from 349.4 million in 2012 to 314.2 million this year, sales are still expected to top 305 million in 2017, according to IDC, which released its report Monday.

That's in part because new sales in emerging markets should help soften the hit of declining sales in the United States and other developed countries.



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