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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter, a decline of 7.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago, but better than the 9.5 percent decline that had been expected by analysts at the IDC research firm.

PC purchases by businesses helped, as did shipments of Windows 8.1 machines in advance of the updated operating system’s release later this month, according to IDC’s analysis.

The numbers illustrate the ongoing struggles of the traditional consumer market as many consumers opt for iPads and other tablets. The chart above shows the overall trend, with the official Q3 numbers for tablet, Mac and iPad shipments still to come.

Separate numbers from the Gartner research firm for the third quarter, also released today, showed a slightly steeper decline of 8.6 percent in PC shipments. Gartner noted that it’s the sixth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, and the lowest the PC market has dropped during the back-to-school buying season since 2008.

Lenovo, now the world’s largest PC maker, saw the biggest gain among the major computer vendors, a 2.2 percent increase in worldwide shipments over the third quarter of last year. HP and Dell also had slight gains, according to the IDC numbers.

In the U.S. market, Apple was the only major computer vendor to experience a decline in shipments, as Mac shipments fell to 1.9 million units from 2.1 million units a year ago, according to the preliminary IDC numbers.

Here are the IDC charts for the worldwide and U.S. markets.

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Comments

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    The Mac sales decline isn’t surprising, considering Tim Cook has said explicitly that product cannibalization is part of Apple’s strategy https://jdrch.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/tablets-impacting-mac-sales-twice-as-much-as-pc-sales/

    • guest

      If tablets were included in this, Apple would be #1 with something like 17m in combines PC and tablet units sold WW. Possibly a little more.

      • Guest

        Not sure why you’d do that, most tablets aren’t PCs or even PC equivalents. And of course you’d then have to include Samsung and Amazon too, no? And hey, why stop there? Smartphones are pretty powerful computers now. Hard to differentiate between a high end smartphone and a low end tablet. So why not report PC, tablets, and smartphones are one big meaningless pile?

        • guest

          Sure, of course you’d include android based tablets as well. The reason to include them is that they are PC’s as SteveB has repeatedly pointed out. They are where may consumers are doing their production and consumption nowadays. And where more will do so in the future. Unlike netbooks, the tablet form factor is not a fad, it’s here to stay for a good 20 years.

          Smartphones are a different animal, unless you’re in the developing world, where they are the primary computing/producing/consuming device, and will be so for a while yet.

      • Guest

        Not sure why you’d do that, most tablets aren’t PCs or even PC equivalents. And of course you’d then have to include Samsung and Amazon too, no? And hey, why stop there? Smartphones are pretty powerful computers now. Hard to differentiate between a high end smartphone and a low end tablet. So why not report PC, tablets, and smartphones are one big meaningless pile?

  • guest

    Better than a sharp stick in the eye…

    …barely.

  • Jason Farris

    Interesting thing, I’ve favored PC my whole life, but I have never bought a machine from any of these manufacturers. I wonder how many PC’s are built, or like mine, simply continue to transform… and if anyone ever aggregated the data on MB, CPU, GPU sales into a rough number of “computers” sold. I would guess I’ve bought about 30 machines worth of builds, but the last one with a name on it said Atari800 XL…

    Not that it would impact the business of box sales, but I’m curious.

    • guest

      This is why “others” is such a large component of the study (40%).

      • Jason Farris

        I read the article as being an account of box sales, but no matter.

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