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Growing demand for tablet PCs and smartphones to blame

PC sales fall short in second quarter of 2012

A new report from technology research firm Gartner has revealed that PC sales are within a state of non-growth.

The report states that within the second quarter of the year, total worldwide PC sales were at 87.5million units.

Whilst the numbers aren’t declining rapidly, Q2 2012 was the seventh consecutive month in which PC sales remained stagnant with little or no growth.

Meanwhile in the US, PC sales actually declined, dropping down 5.7 per cent to 15.9 million units.

Gartner’s Principal Analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, said in the report she believes the decline in PC sales is a result of consumers simply losing interest in PCs.

"Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumers’ low interest in PC purchases, were some of they key influencers of slow PC shipment growth," she said.

She also highlighted the growing tablet and smartphone markets as a thorn in the PC market’s side, stating: "Consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing,"

HP continues to be the dominant force within the PC market with a 14.9 per cent of globals sales. However, they also witnessed a decline in Q2, dropping down to 12.1 per cent.

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