San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – HP, Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell didn’t experience any decline in PC sales but Apple saw it’s shipments drop, according to numbers posted by research firms Gartner and IDC.
“The third quarter is often referred to as the ‘back-to-school’ quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
HP stayed at the top spot with 26.9 percent in the third quarter of this year. Last year it posted the same exact numbers. It’s the same case for Dell, which still held a market share of 21 percent.
Apple saw its global shipment dip from 14.2 percent to 13.4 percent — the only company to see its share drop.
Lenovo’s global shipments increased from 8.7 percent to 10.5 percent and Toshiba also saw its numbers increase from 6.4 to 7 percent.
“Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets.
“A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets,” Kitagawa added.
The reason for Apple’s decline in shipments can be attributed to the late update of the company’s desktop iMac. The numbers will change for Apple once it releases its new Mac Pro by the end of the year.