DigiTimes offers up more detailed information on the decline of PC sales globally, dropping over the past five consecutive quarters in almost every market.  They refute the idea that Win8 is somehow to blame for this decrease, while it might convince some shoppers to be more picky about the system they purchase and the installed OS on the machine it is not going to prevent someone from upgrading an old system.  As mentioned before the decline is much more likely caused by the increasing capabilities of smartphones and tablets which are not counted as PCs when these figures were compiled.  Interestingly the EMEA might be seeing a slight increase in sales thanks to the approaching EOL of WinXP as businesses are forced to upgrade machines to be compatible with Win7.  As well the growth in sales that Lenovo has seen in the US and EMEA have been accompanied by a drop in their home territory in the AP. 

"Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9% decrease from the same period in 2012, according to preliminary results from Gartner. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market's history."

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