Windows XP end of support helped the PC industry a bit

Research firm Gartner has published its numbers looking at the computer industry for Q1 2014. According to Gartner, it appears that the end of support for Windows XP did give the PC industry a slight boost.
“All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter. Among key countries, Japan was greatly affected by the end of XP support, registering a 35 percent year-over-year increase in PC shipments.
However, that boost wasn’t enough to offset continuing declines in the industry. PC shipments around the world for Q1 2014 declined 1.7%. Shipments for the quarter totaled 76.6 million units. However, the rate of decline for Q1 2014 was less than the decline in previous quarters.
Among the top five computer vendors globally, Lenovo had the most growth with shipments growing over 10.9% during the quarter. HP was the second place firm in units shipped with 4.1% growth for Q1 with Dell in third with 9% growth. Acer saw a major decline in the number of computers shipped, dropping 14.8%.
In the U.S., HP was the top vendor with 25.1% of the market. Dell was second with 21.5% of the market with Apple taking third holding 11.5%. Interestingly, Apple saw shipments for Q1 2014 decline 3.8% compared to Q1 2013.

Source: Gartner

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