Lenovo tops PC makers, industry sales decline in quarter
(REUTERS) - Lenovo Group held on to its position as the world's No. 1 personal computer maker in the latest quarter despite a drastic dip in its core Chinese market, according to figures published by tech research firm Gartner on Wednesday.
Overall, the latest numbers showed an 8.6 per cent decline in PC sales in the third quarter, confirming a worldwide trend towards tablets that has benefited Apple Inc and Google Inc but hurt traditional PC stalwarts Microsoft Corp and Intel Corp.
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.3 million in the latest three month period, the lowest level since 2008, Gartner said, despite the 'back to school' season when sales traditionally spike.
Europe, Middle East and Africa was the worst hit region, with a 13.7 per cent decline in PC sales, followed by Asia Pacific with an 11.2 per cent decline. The United States market increased 3.5 per cent, helped by low inventories being re-stocked and the popularity of models featuring the latest Intel chips, Gartner said.