What's happening to the PC?
On Thursday afternoon when chip giant Intel reports fourth quarter earnings, we'll get a much better idea.
Almost right up until the second half of 2012, Intel had been able to thrive despite the fact that consumers in developed markets like the U.S. and Western Europe just weren't buying as many computers as they used to. Bolstering Intel were the twin trends of companies buying new laptops and servers, and families in emerging markets buying PCs as they move into the middle class.
Today those friendly trends are in question.