12 Jul 2013

Personal computer sales down again

6:01 am on 12 July 2013

Global sales of personal computers have fallen for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner.

The BBC reports PC sales have been hurt in recent years by the growing popularity of tablets.

Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies.

"In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC," said principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa in a statement.