As per recent reports from Gartner and IDC, global shipments
of personal computers have taken a hit. An 11.0% dip in PC
shipments was noticed during the April - June quarter, as people
gradually move away from PCs to handheld tablets and other mobile
The industry research firm, Gartner, is of the opinion that
the PC industry is going through the most difficult time as this
is the fifth consecutive quarter of decline.
PC makers such as
) have incurred heavy losses in their PC business. This
unprecedented decline resulted in Hewlett-Packard losing ground
to Lenovo in the last quarter.
Another major reason for the decline in PC sales is related to
the cost of the devices. In the emerging markets, consumers are
opting for relatively inexpensive mobile computing devices such
as tablets at the entry level.
As per the data provided by Gartner, Lenovo, with a 16.7%
share of shipments, took the market-leading position from H-P,
although shipment volumes of 12.68 million PCs declined 0.6% year
slipped to second position with a 16.3% share of shipments, down
4.8% on a year-over-year basis.
secured third place, with a shipment share of 11.8%, up from
11.0% a year earlier, although shipment volume declined
witnessed the biggest drop and now stands in the fourth
place with 8.3% share of shipments, down 35.3% year-over-year.
IDC's data more or less matches with Gartner, but is not exactly
H-P secured the top spot in the U.S. with a 26.4% share,
followed by Dell with a 24.6% share, while
) came in third place, with a 11.6% share, down from 12.0% in the
year-ago quarter. Lenovo also had strong U.S. shipments, up
19.7%, at 1.52 million units, putting it in fourth place behind
Apple's 1.74 million units.
The U.S. witnessed a 1.4% decline in the PC shipments to 14.98
million units, surpassing the global average, while the
the Middle East
saw a decline of 16.8%, year over year. The
also witnessed a drop of 11.5% to 26.8 million units.
We believe that the continuous decline in PC shipments raises
a question regarding the future of the PC industry, which inturn
may badly hurt the business prospects of companies relying
substantially on the sale of PC's. This apart, the allied
industries related to PC, such as the IT security service
), may also feel the heat from the declining PC sales.
The ability to innovate and migrate to mobile platforms and/or
data centers may be the only possible solution for these
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