Huge surge in tablet sales but consumer PC market stays flat

From a standing start last year, tablets captured 19% of all volume sales of computing devices through consumer channels in the UK in the second quarter of 2011 with 237,400 sold. Figures from GfK Retail and Technology UK show that notebook sales fell 14% to 720,100, desktops declined over 21% to 12

tablets.jpgFrom a standing start last year, tablets captured 19% of all volume sales of computing devices through consumer channels in the UK in the second quarter of 2011 with 237,400 sold.

Figures from GfK Retail and Technology UK show that notebook sales fell 14% to 720,100, desktops declined over 21% to 126,000 and netbook sales dropped 36% to 185,900. As a percentage of overall sales, notebooks declined from 65% to 57%, netbooks were down from 22.5% to just under 15% and desktops fell from just over 12% to 10%.

Overall retail sales declined by 3% compared to Q2 in 2010 but GfK suggested things could be looking up because June sales were up 11%.

GfK stressed that despite their massive growth, tablets (or WebBooks as it terms them) had not provided incremental growth to the overall market in Q2 and notebooks remained the major form factor in consumer computing device sales.

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