Twelfth straight quarter of weaker computer sales

Twelfth straight quarter of weaker computer sales

Twelfth straight quarter of weaker computer sales

Desktop computer sales have slumped once more in the third quarter, down 3.6 %. HP sold 14.5 million PCs between July and September 2017, representing a market share of 21.8 per cent (up 1.7 percentage points on Q3 2016). It is the third straight year of dwindling sales, according to research firm Gartner. In absolute numbers, the difference is 200,000 devices: 14.5 million for HP, 14.3 for Lenovo.

The company experienced double-digit growth in Latin America while in Asia/Pacific, HP Inc secured positive growth for the fifth consecutive quarter. The American consumer is the main reason for the decline, as the local market shrank 10.3 %.

Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads.

"Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region", she said.

"The countries with stable economies, such as the United States, have created a positive sentiment among businesses, especially for small- and mid-sized businesses, which are more vulnerable to external events, such as economic or political".

"The component price hike impacted the consumer PC market as most vendors generally pass the price hike on to consumers, rather than absorbing the cost themselves", Kitagawa said.

This is the 12th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments, according to Gartner.

Dell's worldwide PC shipments were slightly down compared with a year ago, as it registered its first year-over-year shipment decline since the first quarter of 2016. The outlook for the fourth quarter remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year.

Asus was the only company in the top five to see a decline faster than market average. Shipments were more stable in the business market, particularly for large enterprises, than for the home market.

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