Lenovo the only vendor to not decline in growth since last year

Global PC sales see biggest fall since IDC started tracking shipments in 1994

A new report from research firm IDC has revealed a 14 per cent fall in global PC sales for Q1 2013.

This figure is the largest quarterly decline since 1994 – when IDC first started tracking the industry.

"Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending," said IDC’s report.

"PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows 8."

While this report shows desktop sales are dwindling, netbooks are pretty much defunct and ultrabooks aren’t selling as well as they should, this further emphasises the fact that it’s all about mobile computing these days.

HP remained the top vendor, but posted a substantial double-digit decline in shipments after an aggressive fourth quarter kept growth flat during the holidays.

Lenovo remained second in global shipments and nearly closed the gap with HP. Lenovo continued to outpace the market, notably expanding shipments with its attack strategy. It was the only vendor not to decline in growth over the past year.

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