Global personal computer (PC) shipments tanked almost 9 percent on-year during the third quarter - a period of historically strong demand - to the lowest level in five years, according to a new report by Gartner.
"The third quarter is often referred to as the 'back-to-school' quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at technology research firm Gartner.
PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in the July-September period marking the sixth straight quarter of declining worldwide shipments.
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The continued shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption is weighing on demand in both developed and emerging markets, the firm said.
"A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets," said Kitagawa.