PC sales plummeted in the second quarter

IBM PCOnly 68.4 million PC units shipped in the second quarter of this year, and that’s a 9.5 percent drop from the same quarter last year.

According to figures compiled by Gartner, that’s the steepest fall since the third quarter of 2013 and it believes that shipments overall in 2015 will fall by 4.4 percent.

The market research company believes there are many factors to explain the drop and that the decline is just a temporary blip.

One the reasons for the decline is that the US dollar rose sharply against certain local currencies. The second reason for the decline is that Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP forced many enterprises to buy their PCs last year.

And there’s so much stock swilling around in the channel that the vendors aren’t shipping PCs in the built up to the launch of Microsoft Windows 10.

The three top players – Lenovo, HP and Dell – all showed declines of 6.8 percent, 9.5 percent and 4.9 percent respectively.

Desktops showed a big decline in the USA, said Gartner. And, in EMEA, the overall PC decline amounted to 15.7 percent in the second quarter, aggregated by overstocking.