(The Hosting News) – Sales in the PC market still aren’t meeting the expectations many companies hope for. On Thursday, research firm IDC unveiled new analysis showing that shipments again declined during 2012’s last quarter.
While 89.8 million may sound like a staggeringly large figure, it represents a 6.4% decrease in product shipments compared to just one year earlier.
The research firm in a press release described the period as “lackluster.”
IDC senior research analyst Jay Chou pointed to the clearance of Windows 7 inventory – and despite that, it didn’t prove necessarily large for the market.
“Lost in the shuffle to promote a touch-centric PC, vendors have not forcefully stressed other features that promote a more secure, reliable and efficient user experience. As Windows 8 matures, and other corresponding variables such as Ultrabook pricing continue to drop, hopefully the PC market can see a reset in both messaging and demand in 2013,” Chou commented.
Meanwhile, the company also compiled vendor highlights, noting HP stood at the forefront of computer manufacturers with a 16.7% market share during 4Q12, followed by others including Lenovo (15.7), Dell (10.6), Acer (7.8%) and ASUS (7.2%).
Research firm Gartner in a separate forecast during October previously noted Lenovo had yanked the top crown from HP.