Gartner Says PC Market Stumble Continues, Worsens

Consumers just don’t want PCs like they used to. With mobile technologies in demand like never before, Gartner is presenting its latest findings, which suggest that PC shipments are continuing to tumble and worsen.

Here’s how the numbers shake out. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 87.5 million units in the third quarter of 2012. That’s a significant decline of 8.3 percent over Q3 of 2011.

“A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” says Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner. “The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release, so shipments were less vigorous as vendors and their channel partners liquidated inventory.”

The latest surveys do, in fact, suggest that consumer anticipation of Windows 8 is abundant and strong.

“Retailers were conservative in placing orders as they responded to weak back-to-school sales. By the end of September, retailers were focused on clearing out inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch later this month,” Kitagawa added. “On the professional side, there was minimum impact from Windows 8 in the quarter because the professional market will not adopt Windows 8 PCs immediately after the release.

To learn more about the report from Gartner, click here.