PC market sees harshest decline in nearly two years: Gartner

Shipments slump 9.5% on forex, XP aftermath, Win 10 prep

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PC market sees harshest decline in nearly two years: Gartner
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 16, 2015

The global PC market suffered its harshest year-on-year shipments decline in nearly two years in the second quarter, according to preliminary figures released today by Gartner.

Vendors shipped a combined total of 68.4m units in Q2, a 9.5% slump from the same period in 2014 and the most severe drop since Q3 2013.

However, analysts at the research firm agreed that the factors responsible for the decline are temporary and that the market is expected to return to "slow and steady" growth in 2016.

The principle causes of the slump were price hikes due to localised foreign exchange issues; a natural slowdown in hardware refresh projects following the post-XP scramble; and the impact of the forthcoming Windows 10 OS.

"The Windows 10 launch scheduled for the third quarter of 2015 has created self-regulated inventory control," explained Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "PC vendors and the channels tried clearing inventory as much as possible before the launch."

Lenovo kept its place in Q2 as the leader in global shipments, but suffered a year-on-year decline for the first time since the second quarter of 2013. HP stayed in second place, but also experienced a shipment decline after five consecutive quarters of PC shipment growth. Dell, Asus and Acer rounded out the top five.

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