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October 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

IDC also showing sharp PC shipment decline in third quarter

Research firm IDC has come out with its figures for third-quarter PC shipments and, like Gartner, it also shows a sharp decline.

Worldwide PC shipments declined 8.6 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to IDC, which had previously forecast a 3.8 percent year-over-year decline.

(Gartner had PC shipments down 8.3 percent in the third quarter.)

IDC attributes the decline to companies clearing inventory to make way for Windows 8 products, pressure from tablets and smartphones, and uncertainty over the impact of Windows 8 and the economy.

“PCs are going through a severe slump,” IDC analyst Jay Chou said a news release. “A weak global economy as well as questions about PC market saturation and delayed replacement cycles are certainly a factor, but the hard question of what is the ‘it’ product for PCs remain unanswered. While ultrabook prices have come down a little, there are still some significant challenges that will greet Windows 8 in the coming quarter.”

Also of note, IDC has Lenovo in second place among worldwide PC vendors — but trailing market leader HP by only a small percentage: 15.9 percent to 15.7 percent. (Gartner had placed Lenovo at No. 1.)

Here’s IDC’s chart showing how PC vendors did worldwide in 3Q12:

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