Lenovo is now the world's leading PC maker, but PC sales globally have marked their longest decline on record.Photo: Bloomberg
Global shipments of personal computers slumped 10.9 per cent in the second quarter, the longest decline in the industry's history, as the market continues to be devastated by the popularity of tablets, research firm Gartner said on Wednesday.
In an industry now in its the fifth straight quarterly decline, Hewlett-Packard in the June quarter lost ground to Lenovo, now the world's leading personal computer maker with a market share of 16.7 per cent.
"We are seeing the PC market reduction 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," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a news release.
Also on Wednesday, research firm IDC said global PC shipments dropped 11.4 per cent in the second quarter, a bit better than expected.
"With second-quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," analyst Jay Chou said in IDC's report.
In the Asia Pacific, PC shipments exceeded 26.8 million units in the second quarter of 2013, an 11.5 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012.
All country markets across the region showed weakness, but India performed slightly better due to a state PC tender fulfillment. China's PC shipments remained weak as the consumer market was hampered by a lack of new demand generation programs, such as subsidised PC programs in the rural cities.
PC makers shipped 76 million computers in the June quarter, compared with 85.3 million in the same quarter last year, Gartner said.
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