Gartner and IDC: PC sales have decreased in first quarter




New figures from market researchers Gartner and IDC show that the PC market after a brief revival has shrunk again in the first quarter of this year. Thus, the market would be returned to the level of early 2009.

According to Gartner, were sold in the first quarter of this year, 71.7 million PCs, a decrease of 5.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014. IDC comes out at 68.5 million units, representing a decrease of 6.7 percent.

The decline in PC sales is primarily due to reduced sales numbers of desktop systems. Laptops, hybrid systems and Windows tablets would still show an increase. Gartner states that the decline in desktop sales can be mainly attributed to the “Windows XP effect ‘, whereby companies last year replaced PCs that ran on the operating system phased out by Microsoft.

Lenovo and HP, the world’s number one and two, are exceptions. With them, sales of desktop PCs just slightly, by 5.7 and 2.5 percent respectively. In particular, Acer and Dell took the market by several percent off. These brands yielded thus market share.

Despite falling PC sales is according to Gartner and IDC have no reason to sound the alarm. Thus, the market researchers expect that the arrival of Windows 10 later this year will have the effect of stabilizing the PC sales.


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