PC shipments in Europe fall again

IBM PCIn the week that microprocessor manufacturers Intel and AMD saw mixed financial results, it seems that the market for X86 based PCs has fallen again.

IDC reported that PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) accounted for 18.4 million units in the third quarter of 015.

That’s a fall of 23 percent compared to the same quarter last year. IDC analysts attribute the fall by a mixture of adverse currency fluctuations, political instability, and oversupply of PCs in the channel.

IDC said that shipments of machines using Windows 10 increased in September, but Microsoft’s decision to offer free upgrades means that demand wasn’t great. Companies are trying to sell the Windows 8 products still in the warehouses.

Maciek Gornicki, research manager at IDC EMEA, said: “Bringing inventory levels under control has proven to be very challenging, but there has been clear progress and this should facilitate new shipments in the coming quarter.”

When dicing the numbers, the Western European area saw a decline of 18.4 percent, but the Middle East dropped by 28.4 percent, while Eastern European shipments fell by 31.3 percent.

The top vendors in the period were HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asus. But of these vendors, Acer saw a drop of 38 percent compared to the same quarter in 2014, while Asus didn’t do very much better, with a decline of 26 percent.