Figures released by market research firm IDC reveal that the first three months of 2013 have been generally very negative for nearly all major PC hardware manufacturers, with the single exception of Lenovo.
Worldwide PC shipments are down 13.9% on this time last year, marking the worst year-over-year decline since IDC began tracking sales in 1994. IC’s report says that “Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market, while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending.”
“PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows 8.”
The two companies most affected are HP and Dell, while even Apple is reporting a 7% drop in hardware sales (though, iPad sales are no doubt more than enough to compensate). The only company not losing sales is Lenovo, who remained steady and even increased in some markets such as the US.
Read the full data and some good breakdowns over here.
Source: Ars Technica.