Despite the prevailing opinion that the the PC is doomed, things could be a lot worse—at least in the United States.
According to Gartner, worldwide PC sales declined by 10.9 percent year-over-year last quarter. That’s the fifth quarter of declining PC shipments in a row.
But in the United States, the situation isn’t nearly as bleak. Overall PC shipments fell by just 1.4 percent, the smallest year-over-year decline since the beginning of 2012. Lenovo’s PC growth shot up by 20 percent, and Dell managed to grow by 6.4 percent. Even HP, which had some disastrous quarters recently, was almost stable, with a 0.5 percent drop in PC shipments.
No one would argue that a 1.4 percent decline is great news, but it’s not as bad as previous quarters, when U.S. PC shipments appeared to be in a free fall. Last quarter, U.S. shipments were down 9.6 percent. A
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