Worst ever PC sales fall batters Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard

COMPUTING firms saw their shares dive yesterday after market research revealed the sharpest ever fall in PC sales.

Figures from IDC on Wednesday night claimed that global sales of desktops and laptops in the first quarter of 2013 had fallen 14 per cent year-on-year, the biggest decline since it started compiling figures in 1994. This was backed up yesterday by another research firm, Gartner, which said there had been an 11 per cent drop.

The news sent shares in both Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo, the world’s two biggest PC-makers, down 6.5 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively yesterday, while Microsoft fell 4.4 per cent. The PC sales slump was especially worrying for Microsoft, as it suggests much weaker than expected demand for Windows 8, the PC software it launched towards the end of last year.

PC sales fell for the first time in over a decade last year, as people switched to buying tablets and smartphones in their droves.