PC Market In Longest Shipment Slump: Gartner
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - The PC market is in its longest decline in its history, according to the latest figures released by tech research firm Gartner
During the second-quarter of 2013, worldwide PC shipments fell to 76 million units, Gartner reported - a decline of 10.9% on the prior year's quarter. In research released late on Wednesday, Gartner noted that the slump marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, the longest decline in the market's history.
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"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," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. "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."
All regions saw a year-over-year decline, according to Gartner, with Asia-Pacific experiencing its fifth consecutive quarter of shipment decline and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) seeing its second consecutive quarter of double-digit decline.
During the second quarter, Lenovo edged past HP
--Written by James Rogers in New York.