For the fifth quarter in a row PC sales have fallen worldwide. Sales stood at 76 million in the second quarter, compared to 85 million just twelve months previously.
There is also a change at the top; for the first time China’s Lenovo, with a 16.7% market share, has edged out Hewlett Packard from the number one spot. HP still has 16.2% of the personal computer market.
The market study says PC sales have been hit by low-end users switching to cheap tablets to do their computing in developed markets, whereas in developing markets consumers are skipping PCs altogether and going straight for the popular tablet format.