A new report from Gartner reveals that PC shipments in the UK totalled 2.3 million in Q3 2013, a decrease of 21.2 per cent from the same period in 2012.
While HP remained the no.1 vendor with 21.3 per cent of the market, the consumer PC market fell by 13.6 per cent, while the professional PC market declined by 28.1 per cent.
The mobile PC market accounted for 62 per cent of total PC shipments in the UK, with volumes decreasing by 23.7 per cent year-on-year. Desktop PC shipments declined by 16.9 per cent.
Dell came in second with strong growth in both the professional and consumer PC markets. Lenovo was the only vendor among the top five to register shipment growth, but Acer had a poor quarter, exhibiting the worst decline of the top five vendors, with consumer PC growth declining 20 per cent in the third quarter of 2013.
“We expect the PC market in the UK to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2013,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
"New hybrid PC and tablet products are expected to raise the interest of consumers, but spending on these products is likely to be limited as they will be competing against inexpensive tablets."