UK PC market falls by 15% in Q2
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The latest market research by the Gartner folks confirms that UK and western European PC market are sinking down. The UK market has declined by 15 percent, which can be regarded as better than the drop shown by the market of Western Europe which went down by 18.9 percent at during the same period.
The factors affecting this drop cannot be directly pointed out though the sovereign debt crisis could be a factor in suppressing general demand and the destruction of the netbook market by tablets, all contributed a lot.
"The PC market in Western Europe suffered from weak demand in both the professional and consumer sectors, a market which also faced inventory issues caused by overstocking in 2010," said Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner. "This quarter's results highlight the on-going weakness of consumer demand, and could indicate a structural change in the market that threatens to continue in the near future."
Among all the companies Acer has shown the maximum drop as it’s heavily exposed to the consumer and netbook markets. So it has just lost its top position to HP in Europe. The picture in UK is quite similar as Samsung supplanting ASUS and Acer dropping down to third behind Dell. "Acer's decline of nearly 50 percent in the second quarter pulled down the market further than expected," said Isabelle Durand of Gartner. "Acer had significant inventory that led to its weak performance, but it also prevented other vendors from pushing new shipments into the channel."
With all this decrease in sales of the PC’s we can say that the tablet PC’s are really getting popular and they might completely capturing the market and leaving the PC’s to become one of the antiques in the future.