PC shipments down for 12th consecutive quarter

PC shipments down for 12th consecutive quarter

PC shipments down for 12th consecutive quarter

According to Gartner, 67 million computers were shipped in the third quarter (July - September), down from 69.5 million in last year's third quarter. In absolute numbers, the difference is 200,000 devices: 14.5 million for HP, 14.3 for Lenovo. This would be a 12th Straight quarter decline in a row year over year.

Gartner principal analyst Mika Kitagawa said that while there were signs the PC industry was stablilising in regions like EMEA, Japan and Latin America, these were offset by the USA market, which experienced a 10% year-over-year decline, partly because of a very weak sales during the back-to-school season. For Q3 2017, the firm comes ahead of Lenovo (14.3M, 21.4 per cent), Dell (10.1M, 15.2 per cent), Asus (4.8M, 7.3 per cent), Apple (4.6M, 6.9 per cent) and Acer (4.3M, 6.5 per cent). The decline is the third consecutive decline in PC shipments in the United States. "The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years". Gartner Principal Analyst said in a statement that countries with stable economies have been able to have a positive sentiment among Small and Medium Businesses.

"Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region", she said.

The price hike has also impacted the PC market as the hike is generally passed on to the consumers by the vendors.

The decline in PC shipments is a result of variety of factors, first one being that there isn't as much in-demand for PCs now than it was earlier along with component shortages.

"In China, the PC market is estimated to have declined by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space", Gartner said.