Report suggests businesses are starting to invest more in hardware

PC shipments down 16% in Q3

PC shipments in EMEA declined 16 per cent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest research from IDC.

Portable PC shipments equalled 13.3 million units, declining 20.6 per cent, while desktop PC shipments hit eight million units, down seven per cent compared with Q3 2012.

"The third quarter marked a change in the overall market trend," said Chrystelle Labesque, research manager, EMEA Personal Computing. "While it is too early to talk about recovery, the worse seems to have been reached in the second quarter of 2013.

“However, the ramp-up is mainly in the commercial area, with September performance above expectations for most players.

“The end of Windows XP support in 2014 is driving IT departments to focus on hardware refresh, generating higher renewal in the corporate space."

In Western Europe, PC shipments declined 13.2 per cent year over year, in line with forecasts. Q3 suffered from an unfavourable year-over-year comparison, as PC shipments in the same quarter last year were supported by the preparation of the Windows 8 launch, particularly in the consumer space.

The disappearance of mini-notebooks also contributed to negative performance in the consumer portable PC space this quarter. Commercial desktops posted flat growth, which indicates that businesses are starting to invest more in hardware.

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