Ouch! PC sales in the first quarter for Western Europe are down more than 20% over the first quarter of 2012. Both mobile and desktop products suffered, likely due to the poor economic conditions in most of the Western European countries. Only Apple and Lenovo escaped the carnage, and made some gains.
PCWorldThe wide availability of Windows 8-based PCs was again unable to boost consumer PC purchases. Users still wonder about its suitability for traditional PCs, according to Gartner analyst Meike Escherich.
All market segments were affected by the first quarter drop: Mobile and desktop shipments fell by 24.6 percent and 13.8 percent respectively. Shipments in the professional PC market declined by 17.2 percent, while those to consumers decreased by 23.7 percent.