Gartner report suggests weak dollar is dragging down PC sales

A new Gartner report indicates PC sales are in the worst slump since 2013, although it is temporary and expected to pick up.

Sales fell 9.5 per cent from the same quarter last year, down from 5.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2015.

According to the report, factors that attributed to the decline include the anticipated release of Windows 10 at the end of this month, the end of support for Windows XP for this time last year which drove a refresh, as well as “a sharp appreciation of the U.S. dollar against local currencies,” suggesting that the Canadian dollar, which is at its lowest since 2009, has had an impact.

“Analysts emphasized that these inhibitors are temporary events, and they are not changing the PC market’s structure,” Gartner said in a statement. “Therefore, while the PC industry is going through a decline, the market is expected to go back to slow and steady growth in 2016.”

While HP maintained its position in

While HP maintained its dominance in market share in the US, it shrunk the most among major vendors, at -10.1 per cent.  Dell managed to close in on the top spot despite a decline of 5.7 per cent.  The only vendor to increase shipments in the US market was Lenovo, which grew by 9.7 per cent.

Overall, worldwide PC sales are projected to decline by 4.4 per cent this year.

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