Global PC market shrank 11 percent in second quarter

SAN FRANCISCO Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:07pm EDT

A man pushes a trolley full of Dell computers through a company factory in Sriperumbudur Taluk, in the Kancheepuram district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in this June 2, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Babu/Files

A man pushes a trolley full of Dell computers through a company factory in Sriperumbudur Taluk, in the Kancheepuram district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in this June 2, 2011 file photograph.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Global shipments of personal computers slumped 10.9 percent in the second quarter, the fifth straight quarterly decline in a market that has been devastated by the popularity of tablets, research firm Gartner said on Wednesday.

Marking the longest decline in the PC industry's history, Hewlett-Packard in the June quarter lost ground to Lenovo, now the world's leading personal computer maker with a market share of 16.7 percent.

"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," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a news release.

Also on Wednesday, research firm IDC said PC shipments dropped 11.4 percent in the second quarter, a bit better than expected.

"With second-quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," analyst Jay Chou said in IDC's report.

PC makers shipped 76 million computers in the June quarter, compared with 85.3 million in the same quarter last year, Gartner said.

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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forteinjeff wrote:
This market adjustment was bound to happen. With inflation going rampant, of course consumers opted for a cheaper way of staying connected thanks to smart phones and tablets that cost 30 cents on the dollar. Meanwhile I’m proud of Lenovo who’s easily floated to the top of Windows 8 based computers. A loyal fan of Lenovo for decades, people have finally started to realize quality REALLY counts. I’ve got a three year old Lenovo with Windows 7, Intel I-7, I GB video card, 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive that’s still a lovely yet fast machine. There’s simply no need to replace quality unless you’re feeling driven away by the Windows 8 debacle. Our solution was to jump ship and buy an Apple world. Not cheap up front, I feel most confident I’ll still be plunking our comments on Reuters in four years on the latest MacBook Pro & Mac Air we just switched over too. My guess is there’s others who are realizing Android and Apple OS is a better option than the ever declining Microsoft offerings.

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