laptop and tablet sales across the globe have hit a
speed bump but could pick up by the end of the year,
according to technology analysts.
shipments declined by 9.5 percent in the second quarter
of 2015 compared with the same period last year,
according to research firm Gartner, which calculated
that 68.4 million units had been shipped, including
to rival industry analyst International Data
Corporation, sales tumbled by as much as 11.8 percent
this quarter compared with last year, accounting for
66.1 million units, not including tablets.
factors converging at once were to blame, the
researchers agreed. The strong dollar led to price hikes
overseas, making demand among businesses and consumers
sales dropped off after Windows axed support for its XP
operating system in the second quarter last year. And
with Windows 10 set to debut next quarter, shops wanted
to keep their inventory clear of outdated technology.
the United States, shipments of 15.1 million units in
the second quarter translated to a 5.8 percent decline
from the previous year, said Gartner. Desk-based
computers spurred the decline, with their weakest sales
since the financial crisis in 2009. Mobile PCs, however,
saw steady growth over five consecutive quarters,
especially thin notebooks that are more affordable than
Gartner predicted a decline of 4.4 percent for the year
overall, it said sales should pick up by 2016, partly
due to the Windows upgrade. But IDC pointed out that
"cannibalization from competing devices," such
as smartphones, could continue to dampen sales.
grabbed the most sales worldwide with 19.7 percent of
the market in the second quarter. But in the United
States it dropped to third place. HP was tops in the
U.S. with 26.2 percent of sales, followed by Dell at
did not make the global top five list, but came in at
fourth place in the U.S., claiming 12.7 percent of the
market in the second quarter. According to IDC, it grew
by 16.1 percent globally, managing to sidestep the
competition faced by non-Mac manufacturers.