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Research firm: Global computer sales down by about a fifth

Gartner counted 68 million computers shipped globally for sale in the third quarter, which marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines. | KenSoftTH/Shutterstock

According to an analysis by Gartner, global PC shipments in the third quarter were down nearly 20% year-over-year, the biggest drop in decades.

The data, which was released Oct. 10, indicates that an economic slowdown — and lower IT spending — could mean fewer computers entering ITAD and fewer end-of-life flows.

Gartner counted 68 million computers shipped globally for sale in the third quarter, which marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines. This is the largest decline since Gartner began tracking PC shipments in the mid-1990s. The data includes desktops and laptops with Microsoft, Apple and Google operating systems.

“The results for this quarter could mark a historic downturn for the PC market,” Mikako Kitagawa, chief analyst at Gartner, said in a press release. “While supply chain disruptions have finally subsided, high inventory has now become a major issue given weak demand for PCs in consumer and business markets. ended with disappointing results despite massive promotions and price cuts, due to a lack of need as many consumers had purchased new PCs over the past two years.On the business side, geopolitical and economic uncertainties have led to more selective IT spending, and PCs weren’t high on the priority list.

In the US specifically, Gartner calculated that third quarter shipments were down 17.3% year over year, making it the fifth consecutive quarter of declining sales.

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