MUMBAI : For the seventh time in a row, PC shipment took a downturn with a decline of 5.2 % in Q2 2016 compared to Q2 2015. According to preliminary results by Gartner, worldwide PC shipments stood at 64.3 million units in the Q2 of 2016.  The decline was seen in the APAC (Asia Pacific) region as well.

Gartner analysts believe that the market is showing some signs of improvement. As per the result, APAC PC shipments stood at 22.7 million units in the second quarter of 2016, which means 6.3% decline compared to Q2 2015. The fall can be attributed to the sluggish economy in the region, which put pressure on discretionary spending, and smartphones ranked as a higher priority to purchase than PCs. In China, the PCs shipment declined by 6.4 percent on the back of weak business confidence which affects consumer buying patterns. Due to the election activities in Australia, the Philippines and South Korea, there was a pause in IT spending from the government sector.

In Asia/Pacific, Lenovo’s shipments declined, but the decline was less than the overall average in the region. But, Lenovo still continues to maintain its first spot in the worldwide PC shipments in Q2 2016.”One of the ongoing problems in the PC market has been the price hike in selected regions due to the weakening local currency against the U.S. dollar,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

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