U.S. Market Sees Sharp Decline
While the fourth quarter wasn't as bad as the third quarter for PC makers in the U.S., the fourth quarter still presented a gloomy picture. PC shipments in the U.S. dropped 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with the same period a year earlier. During the third quarter of 2017, U.S. PC shipments had fallen by 10.3 percent year over year. Gartner pointed to competition during the holiday shopping season from devices such as smart speakers and smartphones in explaining the decline. "PCs simply could not compete against these gift items during the holiday season," Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a news release. Gartner reports that there were two notable growth areas in the U.S. PC market during the fourth quarter, however: high-end PCs and gaming PCs.