Tablets not the cure for ailing PC market as overall sales decline

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The struggling around the world PC market failed to mount a turn-around throughout the second quarter of 2013, instead tape-recording another duration of flat growth, according to the latest figures from analyst residence Canalys.

Canalys, which includes standard desktop PC, laptop and tablet shipments in its figures, found that a 42.9 % boost in tablets was balanced out by declines in desktop and note pads, which slid 7.4 % and 13.9 % respectively.

The business reckons that tablets are poised to totally outsell note pads by the fourth quarter, a period that generally sees an increase in COMPUTER sales.

PC deliveries in the EMEA area fell 3 % year-on-year throughout the quarter after two successive quarters of double-digit growth, with deliveries moving 10 % in Western Europe alone.

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While Apple was the leading PC supplier in the quarter, the business’s market share fell from 19.4 % in the exact same quarter in 2012 to 17.4 % this year.

This was down to competitively priced Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and a decrease in iPad deliveries, Canalys says, as desktops and notebooks only account for around a fifth of the Cupertino company’s overall COMPUTER deliveries.

Second placed Lenovo saw market share grow 7.3 % throughout the quarter, assisted by 34 % development in shipments in the EMEA area and growing interest in its smartphones and tablets worldwide.

HP leapfrogged Samsung to snag third place, which Canalys says was assisted by a modification in tablet technique and the launch of its first Android tablet, the Slate 7. Dell’s market share fell 6 % year-on-year to see it stay fifth out of the leading five COMPUTER vendors.

Both iOS and Android saw gains during the quarter, with Android’s share of the overall COMPUTER market increasing to 17 % during the 2nd quarter 2013 from 6 % a year back.