Global PC shipments for the third quarter fell short of analyst expectations due to delayed purchases and competition from tablet computers,
According to Gartner's preliminary results, PC shipments surpassed 88.3 million units in the period ending September 30, an increase of 7.6% compared to the same period last year but below the research firm's expectations.
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Public sector spending reviews dampened spending while tablet devices have caused delays in PC purchase decisions in Western Europe, said Gartner.
"The single-digit growth experienced in the third quarter signals a slow down in the EMEA PC market after a very strong first half of 2010. Undoubtedly consumers and businesses are delaying PC purchases as device choice broadens, and as they await attractive seasonal offerings in the fourth quarter of 2010," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.
"Further delay in PC purchases is increasing the risk of slower growth of mature consumer mobile PC markets in 2011," warned Atwal.
Despite a slight decline in shipments during Q3, HP retained the top worldwide position with 18% marketshare. Acer followed with 13% and Dell with 12%.
Lenovo had the strongest growth rate. Displacing Toshiba in the top five for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), it saw marketshare grow 33% to 10.4%.