Gartner said worldwide PC shipments were down 8.3 percent in the third quarter from the same quarter last year — a decline the research firm attributed partly to the continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments and partly to the upcoming launch of Windows 8.
The third quarter was “a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release, so shipments were less vigorous as vendors and their channel partners liquidated inventory,” said Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa.
The total units shipped for the third quarter was 87.5 million.
Also in the third quarter, Lenovo overtook HP to become the No. 1 worldwide PC vendor for the first time in Lenovo’s history, according to Gartner, which attributed Lenovo’s rise to its acquisition of other vendors and aggressive pricing, especially in the enterprise and corporate market.
Here’s a chart from Gartner showing worldwide PC shipments by vendor: