Worldwide PC shipments continued their decline, dropping about 11 percent in the second quarter of 2013, compared with this time a year ago, according to research firms Gartner and IDC.
Gartner says about 76 million units shipped in the second quarter. That represents a 10.9 percent decrease from the year-ago period and marks the fifth consecutive quarterly shipment decline.
IDC says 75.6 million units shipped in the second quarter, down 11.4 percent from a year ago. But that decline, IDC noted, was slightly narrower than expected.
Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa attributed the decline in large part to inexpensive tablets displacing low-end PCs.
Interestingly, Kitagawa also had this to say about Windows 8:
While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance.
Another Gartner analyst, Isabelle Durand, attributed the decline to people shifting from using PCs to using tablets. But she also said part of the reason was because of inventory reductions in preparation for the arrival of new PCs powered by Intel’s new Haswell chip.
Touch-based notebooks — something Microsoft has been touting — account for less than 10 per cent of all the consumer notebook shipments in the second quarter, Durand said.
IDC attributed the shipment decline to similar reasons. But it also placed a bit more blame on Windows 8, saying “the numbers reflect a market that is still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8 as well as justifying ultrabook prices in the face of economic pressures and competition from tablets and other devices”
“With second quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year,” said Jay Chou, an IDC analyst.
Both Gartner and IDC have Lenovo taking the top spot among PC makers, beating out rival HP.
Here’s Gartner’s chart:
And here’s IDC’s chart: