PC Shipments Drop The Most Since 2013, Gartner Says

By Claudia AssisMarketWatch Pulse

Worldwide shipments of personal computers totaled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from a year ago, technology sector research company Gartner, Inc. said Thursday. That was the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013. PC shipments are projected to decline 4.4% in 2015, Gartner said. PC price increases became more apparent in some reasons due to the stronger dollar, and the market last year grew "unusually" due to the end of Windows XP support. "After the XP impact was phased out, there have not been any major growth drivers to stimulate a PC refresh," and the Windows 10 launch, scheduled for the third quarter, has created "self-regulated inventory control." Lenovo Group Ltd. remained the top PC seller in the quarter, with a market share of nearly 20%, followed by Hewlett-Packard Co.

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