PC shipments fall as mobile gains momentum

Tuesday 13 November 2012

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The growing popularity of mobile devices may be contributing to a continuing slump in PC sales.

As more businesses and consumers focus their spending on smartphones and media tablets, fewer traditional computers are being sold.

Gartner reports that the number shipped during the third quarter of 2012 was down 7.2 per cent on the equivalent period in 2011.

Sales totalled almost three million between July and September 2012, but Gartner believes the market is on an "ever-declining trend".

The UK PC market has seen a decline in shipments during seven of the last eight quarters, the analyst noted.

At the same time, mobile technology devices are continuing to see double digit growth rates - emphasising the ongoing shift towards handheld technologies.

However, Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, suggested that the launch of Windows 8 could provide the ailing PC market with some much-needed impetus.

"There is no doubt that the recent launch of Windows 8 has had an impact on inventory levels," he added.

"However, the question is whether the vendors can position and price the products correctly during the next quarter."

Posted by Alex Boardman