Washington: Sales of PCs have dropped 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year, a market research firm has said.
This was worse than the 4.4 percent that was predicted earlier by the research firm IDC, and notable in that the quarter included the retail launch of the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft Corp.
Calling the PC market ‘sluggish,’ IDC said in its report that PC sales ‘continued to take a back seat to competing devices and sustained economic woes,’ Fox News reports.
In terms of global shipments, Hewlett-Packard retained the number one slot with 16.7 percent market share for the quarter, the report said.
This was followed by Lenovo at 15.7 percent and Dell at 10.6 percent, the report added.