Gartner: PC Industry Suffering '5-Year Slump'

From PC Mag: Things did not pick up for the PC industry in the second quarter of 2017.

According to new data from Gartner, PC vendors shipped 61.1 million units worldwide in the second quarter of 2017, a 4.3 percent decline from a year earlier. That marked the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments. In fact, PC shipments haven't been this low since 2007.

In a statement, Garner Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa said shortages of solid state drives, LCD panels, and other components caused vendors to increase PC prices, especially in the consumer market. The price increase "had a pronounced negative impact on PC demand in the second quarter of 2017," Kitagawa said.

"In the business segment, vendors could not increase the price too quickly, especially in large enterprises where the price is typically locked in based on the contract, which often run through the quarter or even the year," Kitagawa said. "In the consumer market, the price hike has a greater impact as buying habits are more sensitive to price increases. Many consumers are willing to postpone their purchases until the price pressure eases."

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