(The Hosting News) – The PC market remains on a shaky ground despite a “back-to-school” period in which consumers usually buy more electronics.
The latest statistics released by research firm Gartner on Wednesday for 2013’s third quarter represented the sixth consecutive time shipments had dropped.
Sales were also at the lowest volume since 2008, emphasized Gartner principal researcher Mikako Kitagawa via a press release.
Kitagawa also pointed to the tablet market as a continuing trend for the drop in PC shipments. “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. A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets,” Kitagawa stated.
Gartner’s estimates showed that PC-maker Lenovo led the market, representing 17.6% of overall PC shipments. Not far behind was HP (17.1%) while Dell (11.6%), Acer (8.3%) and Asus (6.1%) rounded out the top 5.
Depsite the overall shortcomings of the PC market, there was some sense of hope. In the U.S., shipments actually increased by 3.5%. Factors that contributed to the increase included things like new Intel Haswell processors and low inventory from earlier this year. In China, however, shipments remained rather weak.
You can view Gartner’s full study results here (gartner.com).