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PC Market In Longest Shipment Slump: Gartner

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - The PC market is in its longest decline in its history, according to the latest figures released by tech research firm Gartner (IT).

During the second-quarter of 2013, worldwide PC shipments fell to 76 million units, Gartner reported - a decline of 10.9% on the prior year's quarter. In research released late on Wednesday, Gartner noted that the slump marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, the longest decline in the market's history.

The ongoing popularity of Apple's (AAPL) iPad and tablets running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system continues to pressure the PC market.

"We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. "In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market."

All regions saw a year-over-year decline, according to Gartner, with Asia-Pacific experiencing its fifth consecutive quarter of shipment decline and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) seeing its second consecutive quarter of double-digit decline.

During the second quarter, Lenovo edged past HP (HPQ) to take top position in the PC market, with 16.7% market share, although its PC shipments slipped 0.6% compared to the second quarter of 2012. HP had 16.3% of the global PC market and saw shipments slip 4.8% year over year, although Gartner noted that the tech giant is the market leader in the U.S., EMEA and Latin America.

Dell (DELL), which saw its shipments fall 3.9% compared to the prior year's quarter, was in third place with 11.8% of the PC market.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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