The shrinking PC market performed worse than expected in the third quarter of 2013 in Western Europe, with the UK's numbers making especially unhappy reading for hardware manufacturers.
The latest figures from analyst Gartner show that the professional PC market was particularly badly hit, with sales of business systems falling by 28.1 percent in the UK.
The research firm cited the wait for Windows 8.1 and Intel's latest Haswell and Bay Trail processors as a cause for the overall decline, with PC manufacturers managing their stock levels and selling off equipment that would soon become out of date.
As ever, the increasing use of tablet and hybrid devices has continued to casue a decline in laptop and desktop PC sales.
Gartner principal analyst Meike Escherich said manufacturers had to be careful to not cannibalise their traditional PC markets by focusing heavily on the mobile space.
"Most PC vendors have shifted their investment from consumer PCs to tablets and hybrid form factors," she said.
"The challenge they face is to protect their current PC market positions while competing in an aggressive and fast-moving alternative mobile device market. Without a solid position in the professional PC market, they will find it challenging to defend their positions and invest in non-PC devices."
Mewanwhile, Apple has made its first appearance in the top five manufacturers in Western Europe, unseating Asus, which suffered a 35 percent decline in shipments.
HP remains the biggest selling PC maker, with 2.6 million units sold in the quarter. It leads Lenovo, Acer and Dell, which all saw sales drop to various degrees. Acer was hit particularly hard with a 28 percent decline year-on-year.
In the UK, Lenovo was the only manufacturer to make gains, with 291,000 unit shipments in the quarter, bucking the trend of decline with a selection of products that appealed to both consumers and professionals, according to Gartner.
The UK's PC market performed significantly worse than those in Germany and France, which saw shipm,ents decline by 14.4 percent and 10.4 percent respectively compared to 21.2 percent here.
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