The third quarter was always a boom period for PC manufacturers but it looks as though the mould is broken as Gartner released details of shipments during the period.
Shipments fell by 8.6 percent in Q3 2013, compared to the same period last yeaar, amounting to 80.3 million units.
Gartner said this is the sixth consecutive quarter that sales have fallen worldwide.
Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said that a move from PCs to tablets continued to erode the installed base of PC in both emerging and maturing markets.
But the Chinese marketwas weak while the Americas and EMEA were not so badly affected, as Gartner’s table shows, below.
Sales in the US amounted to 16.1 million units in the quarter, the second consecutive quarter of growth. Ms Kitagawa said: “The US market may have passed the worst declining stage, which started in 2010. The shrinking installed base of PCs has also passed the steepest decline phase because the structural change has progressed fairly quickly. Tablets will continue to impact the PC market but the US will see a more moderate decrease rather than a steep decline in the next two years.”