PC sales suffer worst decline in two decades

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 2:26:06 by

The PC sales has fallen 14% in the first three months of the year, the biggest drop in two decades, according to the statistics being provided by IDC. However, the figures are much lower than the survey company had initially

On the same day, Gartner – a renowned consultancy firm, published a 11% decrease in the sales of the desktop computers after admitting that it has been the biggest drop in sales since mid-2009. The discrepancy is due to different
measuring systems with regards to the sales, which they take either at the time of shipment from the factory or to after the end product hit the stores.

Apart from the overall data discrepancy, the rationale is the same in both cases i.e. weak demand for laptops and computers. The prominent decline is reportedly due to the arrival of tablets in the market. Users prefer tablets
over laptops and computers because they are cheaper, easy to carry (less weight) and usually have a longer battery time.

"This migration of the interest of consumer in emerging countries is quite noticeable. The PC penetration is low across the world and it is looking like the computer will find it difficult to get back in demand in the near
future." Gartner analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, was quoted as saying.

The world’s leading manufacturers, HP, are getting a better response after claiming 15.7% of the total market share, although their sales fell 24% over the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC. Lenovo, with 15.3%, remains
in second place, ahead of Dell , Acer and Asus.

Even the technology giants, Apple, are not immune to the market situation, as their Mac line of computers has fallen by 7.5% in their very own territory, the United States.

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