Gartner: Worldwide PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent in Q2

Gartner: Worldwide PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent in Q2

Summary: UPDATED: The IDC has also chimed in on the global PC market as well as the Lenovo-HP battle.


The PC market slump continued by double-digit points through the second quarter, based on the latest figures from Gartner.

To put this into a more alarming perspective, this drop marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments -- the longest duration of decline in the history of the PC market, declared the market research firm.

Specifically, Gartner found that 76 million units shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year.

All of the top five vendors -- Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Asus -- experienced declines from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013.

Gartner analysts highlighted Dell in particular because it actually experienced a slightly smaller decline than the previous several quarters thanks to better growth in the United States in Japan despite slowdowns across Asia and the EMEA region.

Researchers also called out Asus and Acer for plummeting numbers on an annual basis, which were attributed to their decisions to drop out of the netbook market.

The silver lining from the report (if there is one) could be the U.S. market.


Not only did Gartner find a 1.4 percent decline on an annual basis, but researchers also pinpointed that the market grew by 8.5 percent sequentially.

Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa remarked in the report that the smaller decline, which was said to be less than what was seen over the past seven quarters, is thanks to growth within the professional segment.

Three of the major professional PC suppliers, HP, Dell and Lenovo, all registered better than U.S. average growth rate. The end of Windows XP support potentially drove the remaining PC refresh in the U.S. professional market.

UPDATE: The IDC followed up with its own report about the state of the global PC market on Wednesday afternoon.

Basically, the market intelligence agency concurred with Gartner this time around on both the continued decline of the PC market -- albeit with a more significant drop of 11.4 percent.


Furthermore, IDC figures also confirmed that Lenovo is the top dog in what is left of the global PC market, surpassing HP by a very narrow margin.

Charts via Gartner, IDC

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Laptops, Tech Industry

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  • Not a good time for

    PC OEMs. Maybe it is time to offer up a more diverse and exciting line of products and Operating Software????
    • Ha!

      Well then, maybe someone should try and come up with some more diverse and exciting operating software than what exists then eh?

      Soon as someone can compete with Windows the world will be interested. Until then all others are a FAIL. Lets always keep in mind, no matter how bad Windows OEM units are selling, all others are selling worse. Much worse.

      Lets keep it real and always remember that.
      • the PC market is declining

        because people don't need as much power as PCs already provide, they just want cheap portable devices. there doesn't need to be a windows replacement for the trend to continue.
      • Someone already did

        Android and IOS.....

        The key is providing those products and OSs to customers.
      • Yes.

        And that Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer all expand their Ubuntu, ChromeOS.. initiatives.

        Because they all decided to bankrutp, and Linux derivatives are surrest way to it.


        Actually you could provide your source. That is polite, resonable and sound thing to do.

        Here are my sources as example:
      • They have, Cabal

        It's called Linux. Ya know, the OS shut by the OEMs due to fear of losing their volume licensing agreements with a convicted monopolist.
    • They tried. Android is dragging many a company to it's death

      Funny how the moment Motorola changed course and considered creating Windows Phones instead of Android exclusively, Google bought them up at a price many considered far too high.

      There seems to be an exciting line of operating software, but considering HTC and other's current financial situation, it sure doesn't look like Android.

      The hardware part I agree with, as long as it doesn't use Android, it should do well.
      William Farrel
      • Re: Android is dragging many a company to it's death

        Motorola and who else?
      • Lol, conspiracy theories...

        Google bought Motorola for their patents. End of story.

        The idea that they bought the company to prevent them from building Windows phones might just be the most ridiculous conspiracy theory since the idea that the moon landings were faked by NASA in a Hollywood studio. One need only observe Nokia and HTCs miniscule market share and that theory holds up about as well as an ice sculpture in the Arizona desert.
      • Clearly Bing has failed you

        You need better sources, and that would not include your vivid and hopeful imagination.
      • Re: They tried. Android is dragging many a company to it's death

        And I had Elvis land in my backyard. Want to know how ridiculous you sound?
    • Why isn't Gartner monitoring shipments of new form factors?

      Generally when you click on ads for Windows 8 PCs on web pages, they are for touch PCs. I see no indication that Gartner is monitoring sales of these new types of PCs. Gartner's study seems incomplete. It needs to report also on touch PCs, particulartly when the industry is transitioning to these now form factors.
      P. Douglas
      • But they are.

        "Touch enabled" or not, IBM PC clone is still IBM PC clone.

        Gartner cout the all.
      • I have always thought that PC

        stands for Personal Computer. Why are Apple's Macs not counted as personal computers? How have their sales numbers increased or declined?
        • Because

          Macs are in the "trash" category.
  • Best save this article

    So I can read it again in 3 months and skip the repeat version that will be printed then.
  • Take it easy...

    Its a calm before the storm... business in not going to survive on smart phones and kids tablets.
    • obviously PCs will always have a market

      but they won't be the go-to for everything anymore. the trend will continue for a few years I think.
    • What counts as a PC?

      As we all know, Windows 8 also runs on hybrids & tablets. Are those devices (and others with touch screens) counted as PCs... or separately as tablets?
      • Hybrids == fancy IBM PC clones.

        Tablets are counted separeatly.

        If you include them, its a bit better. But not all PC OEM's do tablets and not all tablet OEM's do IBM PC clones.