Over 2006-2012 the UK PC market recorded a decline of 6% per annum on average, to hit a market value of £14.8 billion, thanks to falling consumer prices due to technological improvements and decreasing overall demand to renew office equipment due to the economic slowdown.
However, the average annual drop was mostly shaped by a massive decline of 28% in 2010 alone, when capital expenditure dried up.
According to many analysts, The UK PC market is now on an ever-declining trend, after yet another quarter of sizeable shipment shrinkage.
During 2012's third quarter unit shipments in this country dropped 7.2% year-on-year to just under three million. Both the consumer and B2B markets suffered a setback, falling by eight and six per cent respectively. The desktop and notebook sectors also both posted declines, the former of three per cent and the latter of 13%.
In 2012 the United Kingdom computers market is estimated to have over 1,100 active players, many being small companies. In fact, small businesses employing fewer than 50 people comprise 95% of the industry players, and generate 28% of local revenue. Meanwhile, large and medium-sized enterprises contribute 45% and 27% of the local turnover respectively.
Top vendor HP stretched its lead at the top as its quarterly UK shipments fell a comparatively modest 2.8% to 551,000. Dell and Acer, in second and third respectively, endured declines of 22.6 and 17.3 per cent, allowing HP's lead to almost double compared with the corresponding period last year. The top three now have market shares of 18.5, 11.8 and 9.3 per cent.
Over the next five year industry turnover is expected to decline by nearly 3% annually on average. Performance will be shaped by tough competition between domestic companies and lower cost producers in East Asia, constantly falling prices of technology, and steady development and technology shifts.
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