THE DECLINE IN PC AND NOTEBOOK sales is beginning to improve, analyst outfit Canalys has reported, announcing that shipments in the second quarter saw year on year growth of 14 percent worldwide.
The easing of the decline is attributable to the sale of 123.9 million PCs shipped globally in the second quarter, which Canalys said is due to falling notebook prices stimulating demand and worldwide tablet shipments falling by five percent.
"Worldwide tablet shipments fell approximately five percent to 48.4 million units, as Apple and Samsung suffered shipment declines," Canalys said. "With effectively no sequential growth, it would appear that the positive effect that tablets have had on overall PC shipments is beginning to wear off."
In terms of PCs, notebooks and tablets combined, Apple remained the leader with 14 percent market share, though the analyst firm said than an increase in Mac shipments could not make up for a decline in iPad sales, resulting in the company's overall shipments declining by five percent.
The Cupertino firm shipped just under 13.3 million iPads in its weakest quarter since the first quarter of 2012. Samsung shipped just under 8.9 million tablets during the same quarter, which also represented a decline, Canalys said, though not as bad as Apple's.
"Apple and Samsung continue to account for 46 percent of global tablet shipments, and as a result many markets hinge on their combined success," the firm added.
Lenovo, on the other hand, had another strong quarter, with shipments up almost 20 percent year on year, boosting its share to just below 14 percent, around 780,000 units behind Apple.
As for the other two firms in the top four, both HP and Dell posted year on year increases in shipments, at 11 percent and 14 percent, respectively, each also seeing increases in market share.
Europe saw similar trends, with tablet shipments falling approximately 11 percent year on year.
"Vendors and channel partners alike will have to closely monitor global inventory levels, which are already having a negative effect on Western Europe, where sequential shipments fell some 18 percent," the analyst firm claimed.
The notebook market, however, enjoyed what Canalys called "a resurgence" in the second quarter, with shipments all but flat on the same quarter a year ago.
With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since the third quarter of 2013. According to Canalys, this growth is down to a number of factors including improving economic conditions and ongoing Windows XP migration, Chromebooks gaining traction, and the falling price of touchscreens driving down the cost of consumer notebooks. µ