PC sales drop in fourth quarter of 2012, tablets influenced; says Gartner

PC sales drop in fourth quarter of 2012, tablets influenced; says Gartner

PCs are one of the most useful gadget for every live person on the earth but a recent study by popular technology research and advisory company, Gartner estimates that the PC sales dropped globally in the fourth quarter of the year 2012 as compared to the year 2011 stats. Of course, the major achievers behind the lesser sales are the tablets which influences a large share in the worldwide market. Even though, Microsoft launches Windows 8 operating system in the very same quarter, last year but still the newly launched operating system unable to help in getting more sales for the PCs.

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PC sales dropped due to tablets influence

On stating the research globally, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner quotes;

“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs.”

Even though the fourth quarter always seems as a gifting season because western countries celebrate holidays but the statistics clearly suggests that a very few number of people were interested in purchasing PC during the holidays. As the tablets and smartphones were the main focus-point for the consumers in the tech-market, PC sales dropped as compared to the fourth quarter of the year 2011.

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Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for Q4, 2012 (Source: Gartner)

However, the PC sales dropped but still Lenovo and Asus able to earn positive result in the very same quarter. While Lenovo sales grew by 8.2 percent in the fourth quarter, 2012, the Taiwanese manufacturer, Asus got  6.4 percent growth. On the sad part, all the other major players as HP, Dell, Acer and several other manufacturers unable to earn positive growth in the fourth quarter, 2012 as comparing with the year 2011 results.

The statistics also shows that HP regained the top position in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2012 even though there is a negative growth rate. But Lenovo came down to second position, even with a positive growth rate.

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