According to Gartner recent report, the worldwide PC shipments totaled 90.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 4.9 percent decline from the same quarter a year ago. What sounds interesting is that during the holiday season, consumer no longer viewed PCs as the number one gift item while on the other side, Microsoft’s Windows 8 hardly made any significant impact on PC shipments in the quarter.
During the quarter, HP regained the top position in worldwide PC shipments, although the company’s shipments did not grow compared to a year ago. Lenovo dropped to second position in the quarter, but it experienced the best growth rate among the top five PC vendors worldwide. In the US itself, PC shipments totalled 17.5 million units in the quarter, an overall decline of 2.1 percent decline from the quarter.