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Struggling PC makers and Windows 8 push PC market into free fall

Agam Shah | April 11, 2013
A "perfect storm" of struggling PC companies, aversion to Windows 8 and wider mobile-device adoption plunged the already struggling PC market into a free fall during the first quarter this year, IDC said.

HP shipped around 12 million PCs during the quarter, dropping by 23.7 percent, but retaining a 15.7 percent market share. Lenovo had a 15.3 percent market share, with shipments of 11.7 million units. In third place was Dell, which shipped 9 million units, a drop of 10.9 percent, retaining a market share of 11.8 percent. Fourth-place Acer suffered the most, with shipments declining by 31.3 percent to 6.15 million units. Asustek, in fifth place, shipped 4.36 million units, a drop of 19.2 percent.

Looking forward, the PC market is expected to continue regressing. PC shipments totaled 341 million last year, but will fall to 315 million in 2013, and to 302 million in 2014, research firm Gartner said earlier this month.

The fall in PC shipments may be reflected in the upcoming quarterly earnings reports of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, which are the primary supplier of chips for desktops and laptops.

 

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