PC sales flatline: Inform

PC sales flatline: Inform

PC sales have hit their lowest levels this year, according to August figures by market analyst Inform.

Sales were slightly down - half a per cent - on July figures despite an average price drop of 3 per cent for PCs. In fact, falling prices only served to help decrease the overall market value, which dropped 4 per cent to an all-year low.

The top vendors are seemingly unaffected by the sluggish sales as they pursue strategies to garner share from the whitebox market. IBM remains the number one vendor, with an increase in market share of 5 per cent to 22 per cent. Compaq was close behind - up 7 per cent to 21 per cent. Likewise Hewlett-Packard is gaining on the ground it lost during July, posting 29 per cent growth and maintaining the number three position.

However, shipments of clone computers fell 18 per cent and the other brands segment of the market declined by 14 per cent.

According to Inform, the ongoing components shortage has also been responsible for the decline in sales. Traditional dealer and independent retail sales fell by 13 and 10 per cent respectively. The corporate channel increased sales by 3 per cent while mass merchant sales also increased slightly.

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