Windows Slideshow: Is Windows 8 Hurting PC Sales?By Don Reisinger | Posted 07-24-2012
During Q2 2012, 86.7 million PC units were shipped worldwide, a 0.1 percent drop compared with the same period a year ago.
In the U.S., Q2 2012 PC shipments dropped 10.6 percent from Q2 2011, ending the quarter at 15.9 million units.
HP led the U.S. market in Q2 2012, claiming 26 percent market share. The company shipped 4.1 million units in the quarter, a 12 percent decrease compared with the same period a year ago, according to IDC.
Dell claimed 22.5 percent of U.S. PC shipments in Q2 2012. The company's shipment of 3.6 million PCs to the U.S. in the period represents a 9.2 percent decline over Q2 2011, according to IDC.
Apple found its way to the third spot in IDC's Q2 2012 findings, shipping 1.8 million PCs and grabbing 11.4 percent of the U.S. market. The company's shipments were down 1.1 percent compared with Q2 2011.
Lenovo shipped 1.3 million PCs during Q2 2012, the only vendor to see shipments grow in the period, according to IDC. Lenovo posted a 6.1 percent gain compared to Q2 2011 and secured 8 percent U.S. market share.
Acer trailed all other PC vendors in the U.S., shipping 1.25 million units in 2Q 2012. The company claimed 7.9 percent market share, and its shipments declined by 14.3 percent compared with Q2 2011.
So, what's happening to PC vendors? According to IDC, vendors have "struggled with shrinking demand as a saturated market and lack of incentives are leading buyers to delay purchases of PCs for the time being."
In addition, IDC says "anticipation of Windows 8 and other changes later in the year" has dramatically impacted PC adoption.
Looking ahead, IDC says that it has a "conservative outlook" for Q3 2012, but things should come around in the Q4 after Windows 8 hits the market.