And while 76 million PC units were shipped during 2013’s second quarter, that’s down by 10.9% compared to the same time last year.
With 12,677,265 shipments and a 16.7% market share, computer maker Lenovo led globally followed by others such as HP (16.3%), Dell (11.8%), Acer (8.3%) and ASUS (6.0%).
“We are seeing the PC market reduction 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,” explained Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner via a press release.
Kitawgawa, meanwhile, said the idea that Windows 8 was causing the PC market’s decline was “unfounded,” pointing to Apple’s market performance as well. Apple shipped just 1,740,500 PC units in the U.S. market.
Gartner principal research analyst Isabelle Durand pointed to another reason for the fall, citing the transition to computers with Haswell processors.