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UK PC market struggles as buyers wait for next Intel processors

Cliff Saran

People in the UK bought 13% fewer PCs in Q2 2013 than the equivalent quarter in 2012, according to the latest market data from analyst Gartner.

"The second quarter (Q2) marked the 11th consecutive quarter of decline in the UK," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

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The UK notebook market shrunk nearly 25%, a drop of half a million units compared with the second quarter of 2010.

The consumer PC market continued to show a double-digit decline, falling 25% in Q2 of 2013. By comparison, the professional PC market declined 2% as businesses continued to migrate to Windows 7.

HP remained the PC leader in the UK with a 19.9% share, with Dell in second – declining 1.2% during the quarter. Lenovo grew in both the professional and consumer PC markets and doubled its household market share to 29% in the UK.

Atwal added: "Apple managed to exhibit a decline below the market average rate.”

The top three suppliers benefited from the improved performance of the professional PC market, which declined below the market average rate, according to Gartner.

Overall, PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 10.9 million units, a decline of 19.8% compared with the same period in 2012, according to Gartner. 

The demise of the netbook had a major impact on PC sales.  

Gartner also believed PC companies were affected by the imminent release the new Haswell chip from Intel, which will enable laptops to run a full day on a single charge. Haswell is also expected to boost graphics performance.

United Kingdom: PC supplier unit shipment estimates for 2Q13 (thousands of units)

Supplier

2Q13 market share (%)

2Q12 market share (%)

2Q12-2Q13 growth (%)

HP

19.9

18.5

-6.9

Dell

14.1

12.4

-1.2

Lenovo

10.7

7.2

28.6

Acer

10.5

11.6

-21.4

Toshiba

8.9

9.4

-17.7

Others

36.0

40.8

-23.3

Total

100.0

100.0

-13.0

Source: Gartner (August 2013)


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