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Africa records lowest ever PC shipments

September 2, 2015 • Games & Gadgets

Africa’s PC market suffered a sharp year-on-year decline of 25.6 per cent in Q2 2015, marking it as steepest shipment decline ever recorded in the region for a single quarter for the Middle East and Africa (MEA)

The latest market insights from global technology research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC) show that overall PC shipments for the quarter fell to 3.3 million units. Desktops were down 21.2 per cent year on year to 1.4 million units, while the notebook segment declined 28.6 per cent to total 1.9 million units.

“Two of the biggest declines were seen in Turkey and the ‘Rest of the Middle East’ region (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Palestine),” says Fouad Charakla, research manager for personal computing, systems, and infrastructure solutions at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

“Both these territories carried over high inventory levels from the previous quarter as a result of a slowdown in demand. This factor was an inhibitor of PC shipments in other parts of the region as well, including the UAE. Currency fluctuations also had a negative impact on supply and demand in several key markets across the region. In the UAE, a slowdown in tourism spending – primarily from Russia and Europe – continued to inhibit PC demand.”

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