"Back-To-School" PC Sales Collapse To Worst Since 2008

Tyler Durden's picture

Is it any wonder that there are rumors of CEO after CEO turning down the top-job at Microsoft? As Gartner just announced, the 2013 "back-to-school" sales quarter experienced its lowest PC volume since 2008. Excuses are myriad - from inventory channel delays, currency volatility, and operating system upgrades - but the bottom-line is that "cheaper Android-based tablets attracted first-time consumers," and the PC slide continues to its sixth consecutive decline in worldwide shipments.



Via Gartner,

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an 8.6 percent decline from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.  

This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments.

"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 Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Consumers' shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets. A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets."

HP and Lenovo have been virtually neck and neck for the top global position in the PC market. Lenovo took the lead, as it did last quarter, but the upcoming holiday sales season will be a key battlefield for both companies. Lenovo accounted for 17.6 percent of global PC shipments in the third quarter, and HP had 17.1 percent of shipments, according to preliminary results.

Weakness in the Chinese market continued to affect Lenovo's overall growth. However, strong growth in the Americas, as well as EMEA, offset the declining PC shipments for Lenovo in the Asia/Pacific market. HP recorded positive shipment growth in 3Q13 for the first time since 1Q12. With the exception of Latin America, HP's growth exceeded the average growth across all regions.

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JP McManus's picture

Sequester. Shutdown. Weather. Tea Party. Something.

Headbanger's picture

Back to school???    What for!!??

NoDebt's picture

BTW- Boehner just caved.  He's gonna put a clean short-term budget up for a vote in the house.

Dow up 208 and spiking.  You must missed your last opportunity to BTFD.

SquirrelButtDan's picture

Yay for kabuki theater! 0_o

SheepDog-One's picture

So them chiluns can get sum book learnins?

A Nanny Moose's picture

So they can get a free iPad, on which they will watch movies, and play games.

FreedomGuy's picture

Back to school for your yearly dose of government indoctrination on the goodness and necessity of the State.

Headbanger's picture

We don't need no education...

We don't need no thought control..


NoDebt's picture

Windows 8 has done more to hasten the decline of the PC (which was coming anyway) than any other single factor.  Have you ever tried to use one?  Ponderous, man.  Totally ponderous.

When the kids finally killed their old hand-me-down laptop, I bought them a used/refurb one with 7 loaded on it.

dobermangang's picture

I read one review that said... "if you really, really hate someone, give them an upgrade copy of Windows 8".

FreedomGuy's picture

I gave up the large bulky PC and keep two laptops and a tablet. I also believe that Microsoft with their idiotic regular roll overs of operating systems is killing itself. Generally every other version is a loser and you have to wait till the next one to fix it. It also ends up being a game of endless rewriting of software and updates for newer versions. It is a never ending money game and people like me are getting tired of it.

roadhazard's picture

I love how the difference between XP and Windows7 is that in several applications it now takes more steps than it used to to do the same thing. PROGRESS, bitches.

Hobbleknee's picture

But they call it ribbons, so it sounds cute!

neidermeyer's picture

Windows 8 stinks with that bogus forced hardware upgrade to a touchscreen monitor .. yeah like that won't fail in a short time if you use the same app repeatedly... I won't buy a new one ,, my kids got refurb Dell Laptops from my company's IT dept.. still had 2-3 months of (extended) warranty on them ,,, only $100 each and they had Windows 7 Pro 64 COA stickers so I reloaded them with that (IT wipes them and sells them with xp) , Dell will send you a Windows7 disc free by FedEx if you re-register ownership to yourself and call their helpline..

TeamDepends's picture

What they need is a name change.  We suggest Macrohard.

Moe Howard's picture


monad's picture

MOSSAD OS - Why aren't you working today?

hugovanderbubble's picture


Most young people dont know to write right



the future has a name: AVALON RARE EARTH METALS  (CANADA)

John McCloy's picture

     Fuck it...we need some more deal rumors and can kick headlines...lets run this ponzi higher..who needs funadmentals when you have BBG headlines and printers. Are they rewriting the textbooks yet?

If only they had a union like the auto industry Pres could bail them out...It's not their fault EITHER than nobody wants their products.

SheepDog-One's picture

Just give them away for free and count them as sales....can't these doofuses figure ANYTHING out??

NoDebt's picture

Better yet, put them in a pension plan as "promised benefits" at whatever price you like and they will drop straight to the bottom line in the next GDP calculation.  (Promised benefits are now counted directly towards GDP, wether funded or not)

TBT or not TBT's picture

They should just print them, rather than however they do it now. Sheesh.

neidermeyer's picture

Can't they channel stuff like GM?

J Pancreas's picture

Back to campus: Yellen-Style! Cat-o-nine tails whip, crotchless panties and a dresser drawer full of rubbers (only for show to let her roomie think she isn't a skank -Yellen's a raw-dog girl)

MachoMan's picture

The worst, old ass, broke-dick computer can run an OS, word processor, web browser, and play solitaire...

TBT or not TBT's picture

To run win 8 on the other hand....

orangegeek's picture

Macros are shit.  S&P's  up 25 - that's 1.5% for those who like working in percentages.



youngman's picture

I watched a mother yesterday with her two kids...they stopped at the same restaurant I was at....they all bought pops....sodas for you east coasters....the kids both had cell phones and all they did for 45 minutes was play games on them..not one word was spoken...and when the mom got up to leave the little girl did not even know she had a pop.....its a strange new world we live in....so disconnected from people..and only connected to a cellphone

MillionDollarAnus's picture

It's pop in upstate New York too but soda in North Carolina.  They call it booze chaser in Alaska though.

kito's picture

tyler where are the sales stats on the tablets for comparison?????

Shizzmoney's picture

This economy is just one really bad snuff film

oak's picture

microsoft kills pc market, or pc kills microsoft.

GeezerGeek's picture

This is the NSA speaking. We insist everyone use computers with limited local storage. We want everything stored "in the cloud", where we can get at it whenever we want and have backdoors into the encryption schemes. Only terrorists or software pirates need local storage. We now return control of your web browser to the user.

Its Only Rock N Roll's picture

y by a pc wn u can by a tblt & tpe lke this a-day lng??!! lol...


Long-John-Silver's picture

Just add a bluetooth keyboard if you have problems with the on screen keyboard. Soon you will not need a keyboard at all, just talk to it.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

Reader1's picture

Sure.  You'll love trying to work with Poser, Maya, or some other 3d design program or animation with iDistractions.

superflex's picture


You need a new Dell, browser and patience.


ponyboy96's picture

Last I checked, you couldn't (or wouldn't want to) write a term paper or lab report on a tablet.  Aren't tablet sales also declining?  Anyways, how often do you need to replace a laptop?  Most kids have laptops these days which is why the sales are down.  Checking faceplant and other social waste of time sites are mostly done on mobile devices anyways.  See see tablets are the next greatest thing!  No, they will amount to netbooks in the next few years.  Remember those?

GeezerGeek's picture

Do the schools still teach touch-typing, or do all the youth just use their thumbs on full-size keyboards? Or index fingers on full keyboards, thumbs on mobile devices?

Not that most of them have anything worth saying, anyway.

Moe Howard's picture

Tablet = bastard son of netbook and cellphone = all the bad features of each and none of the good.

Long-John-Silver's picture

Desktops and Laptops are obsolete. This includes both Microsoft and Apple Operating Systems. Mobile Devices using Open Source Operating Systems  with a Linux Kernel has already become the dominant system. When most TV's come equipped with DLNA the death of Desktops and Laptops will be complete.

williambanzai7's picture

Sorry, it ain't happening in the creative world.