(The Hosting News) – Move over HP, the personal computer world now has a new king. According to statistics unveiled by research firm Gartner on Wednesday, Lenovo represented the most vendor units in the PC market for the third quarter of 2012.
The company’s shipments accounted for 13,767,976 PC devices. That bests HP by 217,215 shipped products.
However, Lenovo’s takeover occurs during what could be described as a tumultuous time for the PC industry overall. “A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” commented Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa in a report from the research firm.
And despite the decline in PC sales, a notable change is about to hit the PC industry. Microsoft will roll out its Windows 8 operating system a bit later this month, an issue Kitagawa emphasized played a role in the slowdown. “The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release, so shipments were less vigorous as vendors and their channel partners liquidated inventory,” Kitagawa remarked.
Other leading PC vendors, meanwhile, included Dell, ACER group and ASUS. It was also the first time Lenovo had won the shipping market, according to Gartner’s research.
Gartner also noted that PC sales usually do pick up during the fall due to back to school sales. However, this year, they saw no such rise. The down spiral of shipments follows two previous quarters in which they actually increased. Earlier this year, in March, Gartner Research released analysis anticipating a PC market growth of 4.4% during the course of 2012, a relatively weak statistic.