Pitted against a strong market in the first half of 2014, which was boosted by a mass refresh of aging PCs, the 1Q15 market struggled to keep momentum amidst a lack of drivers and and the impact of currency devaluation across regions. Shipments slowed to 1.19 million units, with many projects delayed or scaled back. Outside of Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) few regions managed to see year-over-year volume growth..
Looking ahead, IDC expects a stronger second half for 2015 as a number of delayed projects in APeJ should resume, but overall volume for 2015 has been lowered from 5.98 million units in the previous forecast to 5.71 million, with long term growth remaining modestly positive.
"With IT and users alike increasingly more receptive to remote desktop computing, IDC maintains shipment volume should see steady single-digit growth annually through 2019," said Jay Chou, senior research analyst, Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Trackers at IDC. "But, a rising tide won't lift all boats, and we can expect further market share consolidation."
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