Europe, The Middle East And Africa
PC sales outside the U.S. took the biggest hit, Gartner said.
PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa saw a 13.7 percent decline in shipments during the third quarter of 2013, compared to the year prior. That marks the sixth consecutive quarter of decreasing PC shipments for those regions, Gartner said.
"During the third quarter, many vendors went through product transitions to Intel's new Haswell and Bay Trail processors, while preparing for the October launch of Windows 8.1. These product transitions -- and the clearing of old inventory that is taking place through the third and fourth quarters of 2013 -- have played a part in the slowdown of the PC market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa," said Durand, principal research analyst at Gartner.
In Eastern Europe, the growing economic concerns in Russia over a slowdown in GDP led to weaker consumer confidence and more cautious spending on devices in this third quarter, said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "The demand for PCs in the Middle East and Africa also continued to slow as tablet adoption increased -- particularly in the Middle East."