Desktop growth not enough to prevent overall OGCC PC market decline

Bahrain shoulders bulk of shrinkage as political tensions blamed for overall regional downturn

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Desktop growth not enough to prevent overall OGCC PC market decline
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 15, 2014

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, categorised as Other Gulf Co-operation Council (OGCC) countries, saw their combined PC market decline 4.2%, year on year, in the second quarter of 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

The research company announced that PC shipments to the region during the three months ending June totalled 217,698 units, with Bahrain shouldering the bulk of the overall market's decline.

The PC markets of Qatar and Oman experienced minor year-on-year declines of 3.3% each, during Q2 2014, while shipments to Kuwait were up 1.7% over the same period. In Bahrain, meanwhile, the PC market suffered a bruising 21.4% year-on-year decline in shipments during Q2 2014, with the country currently in the grips of ongoing political and social unrest. Both Kuwait and Bahrain have been experiencing internal political tensions since 2011 as a result of the ripple effects caused by the Arab Spring uprising that started late 2010, but the latter appears to be suffering the most.

Another contributory factor to the poor performance of the OGCC PC market is ongoing cannibalisation from tablets and smartphones.

"A quick comparison of the OGCC's portable PC segment with the region's tablet market paints a very clear picture," said Adriana Rangel, a research director at IDC Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

"While tablet shipments were up an impressive 13%, year on year, in Q2 2014, the portable PC segment suffered a significant 16% reverse. The decline in portable PC shipments can be seen clearly in the consumer segment, and IDC forecasts reveal the decline will continue to be felt over the coming years.''

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