PC shipments sink as tablets soar

Shipments of personal computers dropped 8.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 as strong tablet sales continued to eat into sales of traditional laptop and desktop models, research firm Gartner said Wednesday.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units, down from 87.8 million a year earlier, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments.

“Sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

“Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets.

“A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets,” Kitagawa said.

Lenovo continued to command the top spot among PC manufacturers, despite weakness in its home Chinese market. It shipped 14.15 million

units in the quarter, compared to the 13.73 million computers shipped by HP. Dell, Acer and Asus, made up the rest of the top five.

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