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Global PC shipments dip 11.2% in Q1 2013,lowest since Q2 2009: Gartner

HP and Lenovo were in a virtual tie for the top position in the first quarter of 2013.

Written by Associated Press | San Francisco | Published: April 11, 2013 12:18:35 pm

Global PC shipments totalled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013,a 11.2 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012,research firm Gartner said today.

Global PC shipments went below 80 million units for the first time since the second quarter of 2009,Gartner said in a statement.

All regions showed a decrease in shipments,with the EMEA (Europe,Middle-East and Africa) region experiencing the steepest decline,it added.

The first quarter of FY13 was the fourth consecutive quarter that showed a drop in worldwide PC shipments,Gartner’s principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.

“Consumers are migrating content consumption from PCs to other connected devices,such as tablets and smartphones. Even emerging markets,where PC penetration is low,are not expected to be a strong growth area for PC vendors,” Kitagawa added.

Unlike the consumer PC segment,the professional PC market,which accounts for about half of overall PC shipments,has seen growth,driven by continuing PC refreshes.

HP and Lenovo were in a virtual tie for the top position in the first quarter of 2013 with 11.68 million units and 11.66 million unit shipments,respectively.

HP had a market share of 14.8 per cent,followed by Lenovo at 14.7 per cent and Dell at 11 per cent (8.73 million units) share in Q1 2013.

It was a very challenging quarter for HP,as it recorded its worst shipment decline since the acquisition of Compaq in 2003,Gartner said.

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