PC sales take hit in Q1, fall below 65 million unit mark for first time since 2007

Flat growth counted for decent performance in the first quarter as a strong dollar whacked international demand.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

PC sales fell nearly 10 percent in the first quarter, according to Gartner. Currency fluctuations against the U.S. dollar were a big part of the hit.

Gartner said total PC shipments were 64.8 million in the first quarter. That tally was the first time since 2007 that PC sales fell below the 65 million mark.

Meanwhile, Gartner said that there appears to be an inventory glut piling up from the fourth quarter. All regions showed drops, but Latin America PC sales fell 32.4 percent largely due to problems in Brazil's economy. In addition, PCs aren't being adopted in emerging markets.

By vendor Asus, Apple and Dell fared best, but all three basically had flat growth in the first quarter compared to a year ago.

In the U.S., Dell and Lenovo showed first quarter growth.

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