PC Market Shrinks
The global PC market plummeted nearly 10 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to Gartner, as vendors shipped more than 68.4 million units, down from more than 75.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Gartner said this was the biggest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013.
The research firm said the market is coming off of strong numbers last year when consumers were buying more machines as they were migrating from Windows XP. Conversely, retailers this past quarter were reducing their inventory in preparation for the release of Windows 10.
The strengthening of the U.S. dollar also forced vendors to increase their prices in some markets due to exchange-rate issues.
Gartner forecasts a 4.4 percent decline in PC shipments on the year.