Quarter two of this year saw shipments of 76 million units representing a year-on-year decline of 10.9 per cent. The latest numbers showcase a worrying trend for PC manufacturers as this would be the fifth consecutive quarter which has registered diminishing PC shipments, with EMEA region leading the charts with double digit decline.

Acer saw the greatest decline of over 35 per cent as it shipped just 6,305,000 units as compared to last year’s 9,743,663. HP saw a decline of 4.8 per cent year on year and managed to ship 12,402,887 units as compared to last year’s 13,028,822. Dell came in next at 3.9 per cent decrease. Lenovo has managed to register the least decline by shipping 12,677,265 units.

According to Gartner, the decline PC market is directly linked with the “shrinking installed base of PCs,” and the main reason for this is the rise in sales of inexpensive tablets, which are effectively displacing low-end machines. In case of emerging markets like India budget-friendly inexpensive tablets have become the first choice for many people.