Shipments of personal computers continued to slide during the third quarter, as the rise in the U.S. dollar made devices more expensive to purchase in other countries, say analyst reports from Gartner and IDC.
IDC tallied 71 million global PC shipments during the third quarter, down 10% year-over-year, while Gartner says worldwide shipments dipped 7.7% at 73.7 million.
IDC cites the transition to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, as more people opt to upgrade their current devices. However, expect that to change in 2016 as consumers have more reasons to acquire new PCs.
“The improved PC experience across user segments should drive longer-term demand for new PC hardware that is expected help stabilize the market in 2016 and beyond,” says IDC analyst Jay Chou.
In the U.S., Hewlett-Packard was the top PC vendor, commanding a 29% share of the market, followed by Dell and Apple. Globally, Lenovo held the top spot with 20% share.
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