Global (Windows-based) PC shipments declined 8.3 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012, totalling 87.5 million units, according to preliminary results by research firm, Gartner.
By region, the US suffered a 13.8 per cent decline. EMEA saw the second greatest drop with 8.7 per cent. Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Japan fared slightly better, with 5.6, 6.2, and 5.4 per cent declines, respectively.
“A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” Gartner principal analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, said.
Kitagawa said that the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 also played a role, as the transitional quarter prompted less vigorous shipments as a result of vendors and their channel partners liquidating inventory.
“By the end of September, retailers were focused on clearing out inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch later this month,” he said.
The professional or business side did not face the same impact as “the professional market will not adopt Windows 8 PCs immediately after the release.”
Among the negative result, Lenovo managed to snag poll position from HP with a 15.7 per cent market share for the quarter at 13,767,976 shipments. HP, who has held top spot since the third quarter of 2006, ended on 15.5 per cent of the market.
Dell, which suffered a steeper shipment decline than the global average, was less impacted by the upcoming Windows 8 launch due to its strong business focus. It finished on 10.5 per cent.
Gartner notes that these results are preliminary, and that final statistics will be available “soon” in its PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program.