During Q3 2017, global personal computer shipments totaled 67 million. That sounds like an impressive number, but it represented a 3.6 percent decline year-over-year, according to market research firm Gartner. Further, it represented the 12th straight quarter of declining PC shipments.
According to Gartner, the global PC market did experience steady growth and some stabilization in key regions, including EMEA, Japan, and Latin America. But any growth or continuity experienced there was offset by massive declines in the U.S. Sales here declined 10 percent year-over-year during Q3 2017.
"Weak back-to-school sales were further evidence that traditional consumer PC demand drivers for PCs are no longer effective," Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "Business PC demand is stable in the U.S., but demand could slow down among SMBs due to PC price increases due to component shortages."