Feeds

PC market bombs in Blighty as Gartner tracks plummeting shipments

UK hit hard amidst overall decline in Western Europe

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The growth in tablet sales combined with a dealer inventory dump-off prior to the release of Windows 8.1 caused PC shipments in Western Europe to drop some 12.8 per cent in the last quarter.

Research firm Gartner said the desktop and laptop market in Western Europe was declining faster than expected and would likely continue to do so in the final months of 2013 as users lapped up tablets.

Additionally, the analysts noted that anticipation of Windows 8.1 as well as the rollout of Intel's Haswell and Bay Trail chippery drew many vendors to push their existing stocks from the shelves rather than order new systems.

The figures mark a grim turn for a PC market that was already reeling from a brutal 2012 in which the market recorded a decline in year-over-year shipments for the first time in nearly a decade.

Shipments of consumer PCs were down 17.1 per cent, while business systems were down 8.3 per cent. Mobile PCs (notebooks and x86 tablets) were hit hardest with a 14.5 per cent drop, while desktop shipments declined by 9.8 per cent over last year.

The UK was particularly hard hit as shipments were down 21.2 per cent over an already miserable 2012 quarter. The report found that professional PC sales were hit the hardest with a 28.1 per cent decline in shipments, while consumer shipments were down at a 13.6 per cent clip.

"Eleven of the previous 12 quarters also showed decline in the UK PC market," said Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal.

"Overall, we expect the PC market in the U.K. to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2013."

HP claimed the top spot in the UK, despite seeing its shipments decline by 9.1 per cent on the quarter. The company was still able to lay claim to a 21.3 per cent share of all PC shipments in the country. Dell was second at a 14.2 per cent share, despite slipping some 4.9 per cent in shipments. Lenovo was the only PC vendor to see growth, gaining 26.4 per cent on the quarter and claiming a 12.4 per cent piece of the market.

The outlook does not brighten for vendors in the UK any time soon. Gartner said that even with the holiday shopping season looming, it expects to see shipments continue their decline in the coming months. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
WTF happened to Pac-Man?
In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc
Take a look at this new NFC jewellery – why, what were you thinking of?
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.