(The Hosting News) – The PC market is still struggling, new statistics unveiled by research firm Gartner indicated on Wednesday.
During the second quarter of 2013, PC shipments on a global scale dropped by a staggering 76 million units – representing a 10.9% decrease compared to the same time last year.
Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa noted the role “inexpensive tablets” were playing in the shift. ““In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market,” Kitagawa commented.
Leading the market was PC-maker Lenovo, hauling in 16.7% of the shipments for 2013’s 2nd quarter. Not far behind it, however, was Lenovo (16.3%).
Other companies behind the frontrunners included Dell (11.8%), Acer (8.3%) ASUS (6.0%) and others not listed (40.8%).
Tech giant Apple, meanwhile, notably shipped 1,740,500 units in the U.S. market alone.
Gartner analyst Isabelle Durand pointed out that a certain computing component was also having an affect on Q2’s gloomy outlook. “The sharp decline in the second quarter of 2013 was partly due to the shift in usage patterns away from notebooks to tablets, and partly because the PC market was exposed to inventory reductions in the channel due to the start of the transition to new Haswell-based products,” Durand stated.
For more information, view a press release from Gartner here (Garnter.com).