Historically, Apple's Mac business has outgrown the rest of the PC industry, even when market conditions have been less than auspicious. Mac growth may have hit a wall, though. According to numbers quoted by AppleInsider, research firm NPD forecasts a 5% dip in Mac sales for the second quarter of 2013.
The NPD data, which AppleInsider nabbed from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, says Mac sales likely dropped 5% in the U.S. and 5% worldwide compared to the same quarter a year ago. Mac sales reportedly plunged by 12% in the month of June alone.
If accurate, the NPD numbers would herald the third consecutive quarter of declining Mac shipments. In the first quarter of this year, the business saw a 1.7% year-over-year decline. And in the fourth quarter of 2012, Mac shipments fell by 21%.
We'll find out how accurate NPD's estimates are very soon. Apple is expected to release its Q2 results after the bell tomorrow, and those results should include shipment figures for each of the company's main product lines.