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PC sales continue to slump

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More than a 10.9 per cent fall


Global shipments of personal computers slumped 10.9 percent in the second quarter, according to figures from Garner. 

It is the fifth straight quarterly decline in a market which has been damaged by the worldwide depression. It is the longest decline in the PC industry's history, Hewlett-Packard in the June quarter lost ground to Lenovo, now the world's leading personal computer maker with a market share of 16.7 percent. Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a news release that the PC market reduction is directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets. Clearly he has not tried to write anything on a tablet before.

Also on Wednesday, research firm IDC said PC shipments dropped 11.4 percent in the second quarter, a bit better than expected. "With second-quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," analyst Jay Chou said in IDC's report.

PC makers shipped 76 million computers in the June quarter, compared with 85.3 million in the same quarter last year, Gartner said.

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