The PC market is growing in Europe, but not in the rest of the world.

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Entegen the general downward trend the PC market seems to run at present constantly. The three largest PC manufacturers Lenovo, HP, Dell and others were able to sell an average of 1.5 percent more devices for the second quarter of 2019 – 63 instead of 62 million units worldwide. This was reported by the Taiwan IT magazine Digitimes with reference to the market research institute Gartner. The reason for the upward trend is therefore the need for new PCs for the upcoming switch to Windows 10. “The growth in desktop PCs was large and compensates for the stagnation in mobile devices,” says Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner.

PCs still seem to be the most popular in Europe: Here, the institute has noted growth of 1.7 percent compared to the previous year. This figure is probably due to the need of large organizations and public authorities for new Windows 10 PCs. End customers are less interested. According to Gartner, this is also due to a few innovations outside the gaming sector.

Other markets stagnate

The USA, on the other hand, bought 0.4 percent less, Asian countries even 1 percent less. The latter recorded a downward trend for the third quarter in a row. Gartner is looking for the reason among the insecure Chinese clientele. The Latin American market is struggling with political problems, which is why PC sales there have fallen by 3.9 percent.

The three major manufacturers account for around 64.1 percent of sales. Lenovo had recorded more than 10 percent growth compared to the previous year. HP and Dell were able to increase sales by slightly more than two percent. Both companies are said to be strongly represented in the US market in particular.

Gartner counts all desktop computers and notebooks to the PC sector. However, Chromebooks with Google’s Chrome OS are excluded – presumably because they are counted as mobile devices. In this category, HP has grown constantly compared to the previous year.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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