As in previous quarters, poor netbook shipments were partly responsible for a slowdown in PC shipments. Many users of the traditional netbooks -- called mini-laptops by IDC -- have moved on to tablets, Daoud said.
PC shipments even slowed down for the companies that recorded growth in the previous quarter. Lenovo, the world's second largest PC maker, gained market share and closed in on Hewlett-Packard, but global shipments were flat compared to the previous year. Lenovo has had the traditional advantage of strong shipments in the China market, which weakened during the first quarter. The company however gained share in the U.S. market, with "double-digit" percentage growth in PC shipments, according to IDC.
HP shipped around 12 million PCs during the quarter, dropping by 23.7 percent, but retaining a 15.7 percent market share. Lenovo had a 15.3 percent market share, with shipments of 11.7 million units. In third place was Dell, which shipped 9 million units, a drop of 10.9 percent, retaining a market share of 11.8 percent. Fourth-place Acer suffered the most, with shipments declining by 31.3 percent to 6.15 million units. Asustek, in fifth place, shipped 4.36 million units, a drop of 19.2 percent.
Looking forward, the PC market is expected to continue regressing. PC shipments totaled 341 million last year, but will fall to 315 million in 2013, and to 302 million in 2014, research firm Gartner said earlier this month.
The fall in PC shipments may be reflected in the upcoming quarterly earnings reports of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, which are the primary supplier of chips for desktops and laptops.