PC Market Continues To Decline

PCIt seemed like the PC market had finally begun to stabilize last year, but the latest data doesn?t look so good.

Global PC shipments in the first quarter of 2015 declined 5.2 percent from the previous year ? dropping from 75.7 million units shipped in the first quarter 2014 to 71.7 units in the most recent quarter ? according to data released today by research firm Gartner. Meanwhile, IDC found an even larger decline in the first quarter this year in fresh data it released today. According to the new IDC data, global PC shipments reached 68.5 million, a decline of 6.7 percent over the previous year.

Fewer consumers are buying desktop PCs. In 2014, it had seemed like the PC market was beginning to stabilize. Global shipments declined only two percent from 2013 ? compared to the 10 percent drop in 2013, the worst drop ever in PC shipments. But much of the bump in 2014 was driven by consumers upgrading their old PCs powered by the Windows XP operating system, which Microsoft stopped supporting last year.

On a more positive note, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard were the only two PC makers to experience an increase in PC shipments. Lenovo was at the top of the heap, enjoying a 5.7 percent increase in shipments this quarter from the year before, going from 12.8 million PCs shipped in 2014 to 13.6 million in 2015, according to Gartner. Lenovo also owns a majority of the marketshare of PC shipments at 18.9 percent, compared to HP?s 17.3 percent, in the first quarter shipment data for this year.

All is not lost, though. The PC market could get a nice bump once Microsoft fully launches Windows 10 later this year. There is also signs of good growth in the hybrid notebook market ? devices that function like some combination of a laptop and tablet computer. Hybrid computers led growth for mobile PC shipments.

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