Maybe it’s too early to write off the PC just yet. A year ago, the PC market was a clear horror show, with shipments plummeting as consumers embraced the convenience of tablets. Then tablet sales slowed – they’re still expected to outstrip sales of PCs in 2015, but the latest figures from Gartner suggest that PC shipments are actually doing quite well again, at least in developed markets.
On Thursday, the analyst house said PC shipments totalled 79.4 million units in the third quarter of this year, 0.5 percent down on the same quarter of 2013. However, that decline was down to the emerging markets – in Western Europe and North America, shipments were up 9 percent and 4.2 percent respectively (that’s the third consecutive quarter of growth in the U.S., by the way.)
It’s worth noting that we’re talking about x86-based PCs here, including x86-based tablets running…
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