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PC shipments only slightly down in Q3 2014 - Network Accessories

Only a slight decline was seen in the number of personal computer (PC) shipments during the third quarter of 2014, it has been reported.

Figures published by IT analyst Gartner reveal 79.4 million units were shipped worldwide between July and September this year.

This was down a mere 0.5 per cent on the equivalent quarter in 2013 - figures that will be considered relatively encouraging after a difficult period for the industry.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, explained that growth was seen in some of the more mature markets during Q3 2014 - potentially boosting sales of computer cabinets, cables and accessories.

"Positive results in Western Europe and North America can be a sign of gradual recovery for the PC industry," she claimed.

“Consumers’ attention is slowly going back to PC purchases as tablet adoption peaked with mainstream consumers. The transition from PCs to tablets has faded as tablet penetration has reached the 40-50 per cent range."

Ms Kitagawa said growth would have been experienced in the sector as a whole, had it not been for weaker performance in some of the emerging markets.

She added that this reflects the saturation in selected consumer segments where people can afford PCs.

Gartner's figures revealed that the sum of the top five vendors' market share reached two-thirds of the worldwide PC shipments for the first time.

Lenovo extended its position as the worldwide leader, accounting for 19.8 per cent of the market in Q3 2014.

HP remained the number two vendor worldwide with 17.9 per cent, although the networking and hardware giant accounted for the most number of purchases in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Dell took third place in the global chart (12.8 per cent), ahead of Acer Group (8.6 per cent) and Asus (7.3 per cent) in fourth and fifth respectively.

Ms Kitagawa claimed that consumers are gradually coming back to PCs, helping to shore up the computer market.

"More availability of affordable touch-based laptops, price drops of thin and light laptops, and two-in-one hybrid laptops will attract consumers this holiday season," she predicted.

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