Overall, shipments declined by 8.6% during 2013’s third quarter, representing the sixth consecutive time Gartner’s noticed a market fall.
The PC market’s continued weakness occurred during what’s referred to as the ‘back-to-school’ quarter, Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa emphasized in a press release. “Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets. A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets,” Kitagawa stated.
Results showed that Lenovo continues to ship the most units, accounting for 17.6% of shipments during Q3 while HP wasn’t far behind with 11.6%.
Following behind the top two were Dell (11.6%), Acer (8.3%) and Asus (6.1%).
Despite the continued drop, however, Gartner noted that PC shipments were actually relatively strong in the U.S. where they accounted for a 3.5% increase for a total of 16.1 million units. Meanwhile, it was the Chinese marked that that was considered weak, helping boost Lenovo’s overall growth.