Gartner and IDC continue to see declining PC sales
It's no mystery that PC sales have been in a decline this year, but how bad is it exactly? As of Q3 2015, data from both Gartner and IDC show that not even Microsoft's brand new OS or Intel Skylake CPUs can spark interest from consumers. Gartner claims that PC shipments for the third quarter have dropped by 7.7 percent YoY to 73.7 million devices while IDC claims that shipments have dropped by 10.8 percent to just 71 million.
The analytic firms see two main reasons for the decline. First, the strengthening US Dollar has caused higher starting prices, especially for the IT sector. Next, users are simply upgrading to Windows 10 with their existing devices instead of buying new hardware. Gartner and IDC still have high expectations for Q4 2015 despite the mild sales this past quarter.
As for rankings, the top 5 PC manufacturers from first to last include Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer. Asus is right on the edge of the list at 6th place according to Gartner. All manufacturers have experienced declines in shipments YoY, though Dell and Apple are relatively stagnant. Acer saw the largest decline for Q3 2015 by at least 19.9 percent.