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 PC Global Shipments Shrank in Second Quarter
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Message Text: Gartner said Wednesday that the PC industry is now experiencing the longest decline in its history. PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent in the second quarter as consumers continued to turn to smartphones and tablets for getting online, the market researcher said.

Global unit shipments fell to 76 million in the period that ended in June, Gartner said today in a statement. Sales fell from a year earlier in all regions worldwide, including a 1.4 percent drop in the U.S., the researcher said.

"We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in the statement. "In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC."

Lenovo was the No. 1 PC maker, beating out rival Hewlett-Packard, which saw its global shipments to decline 4.8 percent. Dell also posted a 3.9 percent drop, Gartner said.

IDC figures

Seperately, IDC also said that worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6 million units in the second quarter of 2013, down -11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012. Total shipments were 75.4 million and growth of -11.7%.

Lenovo took the top PC vendor title, IDC said, continuing its streak of gains following channel expansion and solid product development. In 2Q13, Lenovo continued to make gains outside of APeJ. However, the headwinds in China continued to affect its home turf significantly. Lenovo ended the quarter with a double-digit decline in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).

HP slipped to second place, but growth improved from recent quarters. The company received a strong boost from shipments to India as part of large education projects. Shipments continued to decline significantly in EMEA, although the company's U.S. business stabilized a bit after a significant decline in the first quarter of 2013.

Dell despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding its restructuring, the firm performed above market with a decline of -4.5%. As with HP, this was a significant improvement from the past year that was aided by improving growth in the United States.

Acer Group continued to see substantial declines in shipments across regions as the company was strongly impacted by weak consumer demand. Although it has been aggressive in expanding more premium offerings to offset falling mini notebook sales, Acer has been hampered by slow demand for pricier ultrabooks.

ASUS shipments were constrained by inventory clearance challenges in key regions. Despite its focus on innovative designs, its relative weakness in the commercial space coupled with an intrinsically depressed consumer market led the vendor to see a decline of over 20%.
 
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