Windows 10 is just round the corner and global PC sales have slumped by 11.8 percent. According to the data provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC), PC sales in this quarter have slumped greatly, when compared to last year’s figure of 66.1 million. The figure stands excluding the sales of tablets. The market experts believe that this is not a good sign and that too when Windows 10 is just around the turn.
According to the market analysts, there can be innumerable small reasons affecting the global market and the consumers overseas. The primary reason is considered to be the solid state of the dollar, which makes PC’s quite expensive overseas. In fact, the increased prices have gone on to affect the local businesses dealing with PC sales considerably leading to a greatly decreased import.
The sales have gone down further after Microsoft officially discontinued its official support for Windows XP last year. There is no doubt about the fact that Windows XP is still one of the most favored operating systems from Microsoft. The other reason might just be stated as the market is cleaning itself for the upgraded Windows to hit it. There is no doubt that Windows 10 has built a sense of anticipation around it and the sales will certainly go up once the operating system hits the market.
Analysts from Gartner have indicated an overall decline of 4.4 percent in sales over a year, while stating that this slump can be easily compensated by the launch of Windows 10. But with Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1 users, some individuals are skeptical about how many will actually buy a system with Windows 10.
Lenovo held onto the top position with shipments of 13.4 million units. Volume was up 1% from the prior quarter, but down -7.5% from the prior year. The vendor continued to aggressively court expansion outside of Asia/Pacific, leading to share gains in the U.S. and EMEA.
HP remained the number 2 vendor, but saw shipments decline -10.4% from a year ago. Slowing business demand and inventory control of entry notebooks contributed to the dip. While most of the slowdown was from outside of the U.S., the vendor also saw its U.S. volume contract nearly -7%.
Dell came in at number 3, shipping more than 9.5 million units and registering a year-over-year decline of -8.7%. Strong results in 2Q14 contributed to a poor year-over-year comparison. Stronger performance in Asia/Pacific and EMEA were offset by slower growth in the U.S.
Apple continued to outperform other vendors, with growth of 16.1% globally. The vendor has largely avoided the price competition affecting other players and may be benefitting from some of the uncertainty around the launch of Windows 10, along with refreshed products like the 12-inch MacBook and a relative concentration of shipments in the U.S.
Acer continued to see growth in Chromebooks with more models introduced. However, the vendor also struggled with the larger pullback in the market, particularly in EMEA where it had seen a rebound in mid-2014. The vendor ended 2Q14 with a volume of 4.33 million, a significant decline from the prior quarter and year ago volumes.
ASUS was statistically tied* with Acer for the number 5 position. ASUS has also been affected by currency factors and inventory management, but strong growth in the U.S. boosted overall results.