Research firm Gartner has conducted a study in the global PC market, reporting a significant decline in the the worldwide PC market year on year, shrinking another 8.6% in the last quarter.
The surge in tablet and phone sales that we have seen over the last decade has contributed to a large proportion of this but believe it or not there is light at the end of the tunnel to be found in these results…
The third quarter of a year is traditionally associated with extremely high PC sales as students and parents pick up new PCs in preparation for the return to school, but Gartner’s research indicates that many are making the switch to Android and iOS tablets for all their Angry Birds education needs.
"Consumers' shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets," said Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa. "A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets."
Many would argue that tablets are by admission really not that great for work, so it’s difficult to tell exactly how this will pan out. Just over eighty million PCs were shipping globally over the quarter, less than any quarter since 2008, but it’s not all doom and gloom for PC retailers.
Lenovo, Dell and HP all saw increases in sales in comparison to the same quarter last year, with Lenovo yet again remaining the number one PC retailer in the world.
Kitagawa said, “The positive U.S. results could mean that seasonal strength and channel fill for new product launches in 3Q13 finally overcame the structural decline. Even though 3Q13 shipments were compared with artificially weak 2Q13 because of inventory control for the Windows 8 launch at the time, the 3Q13 results imply the U.S. market may have passed the worst declining stage, which started in 2010.
“The shrinking installed base of PCs has also passed the steepest decline phase because the structural change has progressed fairly quickly. Tablets will continue to impact the PC market, but the U.S. PC market will see a more moderate decrease rather than a steep decline in the next two years.”
So while the PC industry continues to struggle with declining sales it’s pleasing to see the worst of it may be over, with the US market in particular looking like one that is steadying the ship most effectively.
While the tablet market is of course huge, do you think do you really think it’s the go-to place for a work-oriented device?
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