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XP end of life levels PC shipment decline, says Gartner

PC shipments are still in decline, but the fall in PC sales in the first quarter of 2014 is not as steep as those seen in the last seven quarters, says research firm Gartner

PC shipments are still in decline, but the fall in PC sales in the first quarter of 2014 was not as steep as those seen in the last seven quarters, says research firm Gartner.

Gartner says the smaller dip in PC sales could be partly due to Microsoft ending the support of its XP operating system on 8 April.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems. Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter.”

The market saw a 1.7% decline year on year, as PC shipments totalled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014.

This decline is not as steep as the decline seen in the fourth quarter of 2013, where shipments totalled 2.9 million units, showing a decrease of 6.7% year on year.

Lenovo saw the most growth in the market, with a 10.9 year-on-year increase in shipments in the first quarter of 2014. The gap between Dell and HP also closed as Dell expanded its PC segment and HP maintained top market share.

Gartner speculated that this levelling of the market will have a continued effect as the tablet market reaches saturation.

Kitagawa said: “While the PC market remains weak, it is showing signs of improvement compared to last year. The PC professional market generally improved in regions such as Europe. The US saw the gradual recovery of PC spending as the impact of tablets faded.”

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