PC sales showed big decline in third quarter

Sales of PCs in Western Europe fell by 11.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year.

Total unit shipments amounted to 14.8 million in the quarter, according to data from Gartner.  Notebook shipments, said Gartner, showed a 12.6 percent decline – largely because sales of netbooks slumped by 40 percent.

Desktops are continuing their dive into obscurity too, with a drop of 8.7 percent for the quarter.  

Analyst Meike Escherich, from Gartner, said: “The results in the third quarter of 2011 make unpleasant reading for the PC industry, as the third quarter is traditionally a strong consumer quarter, driven by back to school sales”.

The continuing dismal economic outlook meant that commercial and corporate sales also remained in the doldrums, declining by 2.1 percent in the third quarter.

The league table showed that HP was the top dog in PC sales, followed by Acer, Asus, and Dell. However, Ms Escherich said that Dell and HP were “struggling” to find new opportunities. Acer was hard hit.