I found this interesting. Even though Intel has a near monopoly on the PC CPU market (because of the lack of competitive products from AMD) the chipmaker is still having problems because overall PC sales are down: http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/17/technology/enterprise/intel-earnings/ "The world's largest chipmaker reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that fell 27% from year-ago results, dragged down by slumping PC chip sales. Intel sold 6% fewer PC chips in the fourth quarter -- its biggest business, and one that accounts for nearly two-thirds of its overall revenue. The results weren't unexpected. Worldwide PC shipments fell by 5% in the fourth quarter and 3.5% for 2012, according to Gartner. It was the first time since the dot-com bust of 2001 that PC shipments fell from one year to the next."