Lenovo overtakes HP as biggest PC maker
NEW YORK (AP) - Worldwide sales of PCs fell sharply in the third quarter, two research firms said Wednesday, as consumers held off for the new version of Windows and spent their electronics dollars on smartphones and tablets instead.
Gartner also estimates that China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. outsold Hewlett-Packard Co. for the first time to become the world’s largest seller of PCs, but IDC disagreed and kept HP in the No. 1 spot, though by a narrow margin.
Microsoft is launching its new operating system, Windows 8, on Oct. 26. It’s designed to work better on tablets and PCs with touch screens.
A third research firm, IHS iSuppli, projected Wednesday that PC shipments will fall this year, for the first time since 2011.