Gartner report sees good sales for HP and Dell in Q4 of 2011, despite a drop in overall computer market

Leading PC makers HP and Dell have excelled in sales, overaccording to a new study by Gartner Inc.

The Gartner report also highlighted how the risk of obsolescence has started to haunt the PC market in the UK, as it saw a massive fall in the volume of shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011. The dip in the number of shipments stood at 20 percent, in comparison to where the market was a year before that, during the same quarter.

The key reason for the phenomenon, is that the consumers preferences are shifting, as buyers are increasingly opting for smartphones and tablet PCs.

The number of PC shipments for the business segment, also experienced a steep drop of 13.5 percent, in the fourth quarter of last year. The total number of shipments in entire Western Europe for the last year, experienced a dip of 16 percent too.

Companies such as Dell and HP, managed to take a sigh of relief, as HP excelled its competitor Acer, by enhancing its market share. Dell also managed to enhance its number of shipments.