Analysts: Inexpensive Tablets are the Cause of Dropping Desktop and Laptop Sales

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The second quarter of this year saw a continuation in the decline of sales of all PCs, which analysts from Gartner say was brought about by increasing interest in low-cost tablets.

Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, an 11% decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history.

All regions showed a decline compared to a year ago, according to Gartner’s latest report.

“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Kitagawa went on to say, “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”



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