Gartner has released its preliminary findings on PC shipments for the second quarter of this year, reporting that gobal shipments fell by 10.9-percent over the same quarter last year. This represents a total of 76 million units shipped, and further shows the change in consumer behavior as users gravitate towards mobile devices.
According to the latest numbers, this is the fifth consecutive quarter that has seen a drop in PC shipments, making for a record in the industry. In addition, all the regions looked at globally saw a decrease in shipments, with the EMEA market in particular earning its second consecutive quarter of declining numbers in the double-digits.
The greatest drop was seen by Acer Group, which fell to 6,305,000 in shipments over 2012's 9,743,663, a decrease of 35.3-percent. On the flip-side, Lenovo came in the strongest, falling only a tad at -0.6% over the same quarter last year (shipments totaling 12,677,265). The company's market share, however, saw a jump from 14.9-percent to 16.7-percent.
The second in line was HP at 12,402,887 over 2012's 13,028,822, a drop of 4.8-percent. Dell was third, with its market share growing by .8-percent while its year-on-year growth decrease by 3.9-percent. ASUS was the only other computer maker delineated by the list, with it coming in under Acer Group in terms of shipments at 4,590,071, a market share increase of only .2-percent and a growth decrease of 20.5-percent total.
Gartner's Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa said: "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. In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market."