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Gartner: Global PC shipments declined 5.2% over Q2 2016

The number of PC shipments totalled 64.3 million units and the seventh consecutive quarter of decline, as reported by Gartner.

Gartner: Global PC shipments declined 5.2% over Q2 2016
Gartner: Global PC shipments declined 5.2% over Q2 2016
Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Market intelligence firm Gartner has released its latest figures on the global PC shipment market. In the second quarter of 2016, the market totalled 64.3 million units resulting in a 5.2% drop from the second quarter of 2015.

Lenova remained the market leader despite reporting a 2.2% decline in units from the same period last year. Though Lenova experienced double-digit growth in the US mobile PC market, this is the company's fifth consecutive quarter with a decline in worldwide PC shipments.

The company was followed closely by HP Inc. and Dell, which both reported 1.8% and 3.1% growth in global unit shipments, respectively.

Commenting on the development, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: "One of the ongoing problems in the PC market has been the price hike in selected regions due to the weakening local currency against the US dollar."

"The price issue has impacted the EMEA and Latin America regions for the past year. However, PC shipment declines became rather modest in the second quarter compared with previous quarters, which suggests a fading currency impact."

The analyst went on to elaborate that all regions, save for North America, experienced a decline in PC shipments. In particular, Latin America is predicted to see further decline below 5 million units for the second quarter of 2016. Equating to more than 20% from the same period in 2015, the decline likely stems from political and economic instability.

By comparison, the Asia/Pacific market saw 22.7 million units ship in Q2, a 6.3% decline from second quarter of 2015.

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