Shipments fell 3.6 percent annually to 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017.
Worldwide personal computer shipments fell for the 12th consecutive quarter in the third quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by research firm Gartner.
Shipments fell 3.6 percent annually to 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017, even as there are ongoing component shortages getting particularly worse during the third quarter of the year compared with the first half of 2017.
"While there were signs of stabilization in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA, Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the US market, which saw a 10 percent year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season," said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
In the US, PC shipments were 14.7 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 10.3 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments.
"Weak back-to-school sales were further evidence that traditional consumer PC demand drivers for PCs are no longer effective," Kitagawa said, adding that while business PC demand is stable in the US, demand could slow down among SMBs due to PC price increases due to component shortages.
In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments totaled 24 million units in the third quarter of 2017, down 2.1 percent from the same period last year. While consumer demand remained lackluster, PC demand in the business segment remained steady, especially for notebooks, Gartner said.In China, the PC market is estimated to have declined by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space.