Gartner tones down its PC projections -

Analyst company Gartner stated the obvious today and said that it expected worldwide PC shipments to amount to 367.8 million units this year - a 19.2 percent increase compared to 2009.

That verdict comes after Intel issued a revenues warning early this month and in particular focused on a drop in sales to consumery people.

Gartner had previously forecast growth of over 17 percent for the second half of this year, but has dropped that figure now to 15.3 percent.

Ranjit Atwal, a research director at Gartner, said: "There is no doubt that consumer, if not business PC demand has slowed relative to expectations in mature markets. However, suppliers' risk aversion is as much a factor in these shifts as any actual downshift in demand."

But Atwal said sales to people living at home will still remain strong because PCs are now a necessity rather than a luxury.  He also said businesses will need to buy PC replacements pretty soon.

Employees will get alienated if businesses delay replacing soon plus they'll pay more in support.  "The full bloom of the long awaited professional PC refresh can't be more than a few quarters ahead, he said.

Netbooks, he said, have a place in the mobile PC market because however dinky they look, they can't replace standard notebooks.