Personal computer sales worldwide continued to fall during the April-to-June fiscal period, dropping 4.3% compared with year-ago levels to 61.1 million units, marking the 11th consecutive quarter global sales have declined, preliminary results compiled by Gartner Inc (IT) have indicated. Shipment volume during the three months ended June 30 was the lowest quarter since 2007. Rising prices caught some of the blame for the ongoing slump, the technology analysis shop said, with shortages for DRAM memories, solid state drives, LCD panels and other components working to drive up the costs of most models.
But the news wasn’t all bad, at least for certain manufacturers. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) regained the industry lead for unit shipments and market share, with shipments rising 3.3% from the same quarter last year to almost 12.7 million units, Gartner found. Market share at H-P also rose to 20.8 during Q2 from a 19.2% share last year.