Toshiba is Getting Out of the Consumer PC Racket in Some Regions (Updated)

By Eric Limer on at

Sony walked away from laptops earlier this year when it sold off its Vaio business. Now, Toshiba is following suit. Nothing's getting sold this time around, but the Japanese company has said it's shying away from consumer PCs in favour of beefing up business offerings.

Toshiba explains its retreat from the consumer space, calling it "volatile and over-dependent on sales scale and volume" in a press release from earlier today. This comes right around the time that plummeting consumer laptop sales are actually starting to level out. Still, it's hard to hack it down there.

In the meantime, Toshiba will focus on business-to-business sales and promoting the "Internet of Things" while it scales consumer sales back and totally pulls out in some (unspecified) markets. So if you were hoping for a new ultra-widescreen Toshiba laptop, maybe don't hold your breath. [Toshiba]

Update: This post originally stated that Toshiba was scaling back consumer PC sales in all regions and has been updated to reflect that Toshiba's US consumer business will remain intact.