Traditional computer sales eroded by love of tablets
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Industry trackers on Wednesday reported that sales of traditional personal computers continued to wither in the recently ended quarter as tastes shifted to tablets.
A total of 80.3 million personal computers were shipped worldwide in the third quarter of this year, an 8.6 per cent drop from the same period in 2012, according to Gartner.
It was the six consecutive quarter of decline for personal computer sales as buyers increasingly turn to tablet computers for accessing the Internet.
"The third quarter is often referred to as the 'back-to-school' quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008," said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa.