FIGURES FROM GARTNER show that PC shipments declined a further 7.7 percent year on year during the third quarter of 2015, despite the release of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system during the period.
Shipments totalled 73.7 million units. Desktop machines continue to fare the worst, while portable machines such as laptops and ultrabooks saw a much smaller decline.
"The global PC market has experienced price increases of around 10 percent throughout the year due to the sharp appreciation of the US dollar against local currencies. In the third quarter of 2015, this continued to be a major cause for weaker demand in those regions," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
"These affected regions, which include EMEA, Japan and Latin America, posted double-digit declines in the third quarter. Asia Pacific and the US were more stable."
The launch of Windows 10 had "minimal impact" on shipments, which Gartner put down to the concentration of marketing efforts on upgrading Windows 7 and 8 users.
There is hope on the horizon for the traditional PC. Half of those questioned in the quarterly survey said that they intend to buy a PC in the next 12 months, while 21 percent plan to get a tablet.
"This change in consumer preferences toward PCs was visible in the preliminary data, as we saw positive growth in US notebook and premium ultramobile shipments," Kitagawa said.
"Soft recovery is expected to start in 4Q15, as Windows 10 product refreshes start to appear. In the meantime, PC manufacturers should adjust configurations for 2016 without the impact of price hikes seen in 2015, which will lead into more stable market conditions in the upcoming year."
Gartner believes that this turnaround will be shown markedly in the holiday period during Q4, when more Windows 10 PCs will be sold.
Sales for top manufacturer Lenovo in EMEA and Japan saw a significant drop, but this was bolstered by 22 percent growth in North America where the firm introduced a new range of 2-in-1 detachables.
The top five is completed by HP, Dell, Apple and Acer. Of these four, only Dell and Apple saw any market growth. Acer lost 19.9 percent year on year. µ
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