PC sales keep on taking hits: research bureaus IDC and Gartner both recorded a drop of more than ten percent in PC sales in the second quarter of the year. Meanwhile things have also changed at the top of the PC business: Lenovo is the new market leader, at the expense of HP.
PC market keeps losing to tablets
According to Gartner PC sales dropped 10.9 percent in the past quarter. It is the fifth time in a row sales have dropped, which is “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,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
Jay Chou of IDC, who says sales dropped 11.4 percent, says the market is “still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8” and he continues by saying that producers are still not able in “justifying ultrabook prices in the face of economic pressures and competition from tablets and other devices.”
Lenovo new world market leader
Hewlett-Packard has lost its worldwide leadership to Lenovo. The Chinese now control 16.7 percent of the PC market, while HP has to get by with 16.4 percent. Dell is also on the podium with 12.2 percent, while Acer and Asus slightly drop back.
In the United States HP and Dell still make up half of the market. Apple remains stable at 11.5 percent.