Worldwide PC shipments fell to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 per cent drop from the same period last year, Gartner reported on Wednesday. That's the fifth consecutive quarter of shipment declines, marking the longest duration of a drop in the PC market's history.
Research firm IDC, meanwhile, echoed Gartner's gloomy sentiment, saying that worldwide shipments fell 11.4 per cent compared with the same quarter this past year.
As if that weren't enough, all regions continued to see a nosedive, despite improving economic conditions in some areas, Gartner reported. The culprit? Gartner pointed to more consumers turning to tablets and smartphones as their gadgets of choice for going online.
Here's what principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa had to say about the decline:
We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets. In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.
In the second quarter, according to Gartner, Lenovo's unit sales slipped 0.6 per cent, which meant that it saw the narrowest loss — though not by much. It posted a market share of 16.7 per cent, compared with 14.9 per cent in the second quarter a year ago. HP was close behind, with 16.3 per cent market share and global shipment declines of 4.8 per cent, while Dell had 11.8 per cent share after seeing a 3.9 per cent decrease.
By Desiree Everts DeNunzio | July 11, 2013 | Via CNET.com