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(Credit: Spencer Platt / Staff) Gartner emphasizes that the sales of desktops, laptops, and other devices dropped 5.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016.Gartner: For eight consecutive quarters, sales of global PC declined
October 13
5:16 AM 2016

Despite recent reports highlighting that customer satisfaction on desktops and laptops is atop the IT industry, Gartner, an American research and advisory firm providing information technology-related insights for IT, stressed out that the shipments of computer devices and ultra-mobile "premiums" like the Surface devices weakened. According to Gartner, sales have continuously declined over the last eight quarters making it the longest duration of a decline in PC's history.

In terms of global market, with a 20.9 percent market share, Lenovo takes the sales lead in the third quarter of 2016, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter in 2015. HP comes second with a market share of 20.4 followed by Dell with 14.7 percent, Asus (7.8 percent), Apple (7.2 percent), and Acer (6.7 percent).

Said downhill is not relatively severe in the United States. However, local PC market growth dropped only a mere 0.3 percent unlike the same quarter last year. Given the demands of the back-to-school season, these numbers in the IT industry are a bit unexpected.

A report reveals that the Asia/Pacific region recorded 24.7 million units sold in the third quarter of 2016, down 7.6 percent from the same quarter in 2015. The number of units sold in China, on the other hand, is unknown but reportedly took a 4.8 percent drop. The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) market had 19.2 million units sold with a 3.3 percent decline, while 0.3-percent decline for the United States with 16.2 million units sold.

"The stabilization of the PC business market was a key factor for HP Inc.'s shipment growth, as a majority of its revenue was generated from the business segment," Gartner said in an interview. "Dell's shipment growth exceeded the regional average in most regions."

Gartner's latest reports are based on initial findings. The complete records of sales will be released on the company's PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region Program. 

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