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January 13, 2015

PCs Making a Comeback: Gartner

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Laptops and desktops are not a thing of the past after all.

Despite lackluster sales in the past few years, the PC market is slowly improving, according to the latest report from Gartner.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 83.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, a one percent increase from the same quarter the previous year.

“The PC market is quietly stabilizing after the installed base reduction driven by users diversifying their device portfolios,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said. “Installed base PC displacement by tablets peaked in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Now that tablets have mostly penetrated some key markets, consumer spending is slowly shifting back to PCs.

PC spending is strongest in “mature” markets such as the U.S. and Western Europe. Emerging markets, however, have poor PC sales.

“We attribute this weakness to a strong affinity for Smartphones and tablets in those markets, while PCs are a low priority,” Kitagawa said. “Even low priced notebooks struggle to succeed, because of the different mobile device usage patterns.”

Lenovo remains at the top of the heap for worldwide PC shipments. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it held 19.4 percent of the market.

Running a close second was HP nabbing 18.8 percent of the market — a 16 percent growth rate from the previous year. Dell took a distant third with 12.7 percent of the market followed by Acer with 8.1 percent, ASUS with 7.5 percent

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 18.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 13.1 percent rise from the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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