PC shipments down 20 percent in Western Europe

PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 10.9 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a decline of 19.8 percent compared with the same period in 2012, according to analyst Gartner.

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PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 10.9 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a decline of 19.8 percent compared with the same period in 2012, according to analyst Gartner.

"The market exit of the netbook PC, and vendors reducing their inventory to get the new Intel chips and Windows 8.1 have fuelled the decline in Western Europe," said Gartner analyst Meike Escherich. 

Gartner said all all PC segments in Western Europe had declined. Mobile and desktop PC shipments declined 23.9 percent and 12.2 percent respectively. PC shipments in the professional market declined 13.5 percent, while the consumer PC market decreased 25.8 percent in the second quarter of 2013.

Despite a 17.4 percent decline in shipments, HP remained in the number one position. Acer, still at number two, exhibited the worst performance of the top five vendors with a decline of 44.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013.

Most of Acer's decline came from shifting its portfolio away from netbooks to Android tablets, said Gartner. Lenovo had another strong quarter and moved to the number three position, only 47,000 PC units behind Acer.

Lenovo was the only top ten vendor to exhibit double-digit growth (18.9 percent) in the second quarter of 2013.

"We can expect some attractive new PCs in the stores for the fourth quarter of 2013, running Windows 8.1 with thinner form factors and longer battery life enabled by Intel's Haswell processors," said Escherich.

"These PCs will compete with high-end tablets and will be complemented by a new generation of Atom-based devices that will compete with low-end basic tablets," she said.

She added: "Although this will not fully compensate for the ongoing PC decline, it does create an opportunity for profit in the midrange and more high end PC segments."

Gartner said PC shipments in the UK totalled almost 2.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of 13 percent from the corresponding period in 2012.

"The second quarter marked the eleventh consecutive quarter of decline in the UK," said Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal. "During this time the notebook market has shrunk nearly 25 percent in unit volume. The UK notebook market totalled over 2 million units in the second quarter of 2010 and has now reached just under 1.5 million units."

The consumer PC market continued to show a double-digit decline. It dropped by 25 percent in the second quarter of 2013. "The decline was partly due to the transition of product lines as vendors made room for Haswell-based products due out later in the year," said Atwal. 

By comparison the professional PC market declined only two percent as businesses continued to migrate to Windows 7.

HP remained the PC leader in the UK with a 19.9 percent share in the second quarter of 2013. Dell held onto the number two position with a modest decline of 1.2 percent in the same period.