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PC sales continue longest decline in history

Sales of personal computers fell for a fifth consecutive quarter, the longest decline in the PC market's history, according to recent reports.

by Helen Leggatt

The PC market continues to fall worldwide, according to the latest figures released by Gartner. Shipments dropped to 76 million units in Q2 of 2013, representing a 10.9% decrease from the same period last year.

Sales fell compared to last year in all regions, including a 1.4% drop in the U.S., said Gartner.

The continuing fall highlights PC makers' and suppliers' attempts to lure back consumers that are purchasing cheaper tablets are not working.

According to Gartner, "inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC".

IDC, another research firm, put growth at 11.4%, less than its projected 11.7% decrease.

"With second quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," said Jay Chou, senior analyst at IDC, in a statement on Wednesday. "Slower growth in Europe and China reflect the risks, while the improved U.S. outlook reflects potential improvement."






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