According to the preliminary report published by International Data Corporation (IDC), PC shipments in Russia declined for the seventh consecutive quarter, dropping 16.1% year on year in Q3 2014 to a total of 2.27 million units.
The portable PC market suffered a contraction of 18.8% to 1.46 million units, while the decline in the desktop market was lower, at 10.9%, which amounted to shipments of 809,000 units.
“PC market dynamics in Russia continue to be negatively impacted by macroeconomic factors that are part of the overall slowdown in the Russian economy,” says Natalia Vinogradova, senior research analyst at IDC Russia/CIS.
“The weak business sentiment, which is reflected in the wait-and-see attitude of enterprises and postponed XP renewals, continue to inhibit market growth.” Consumer demand also remains weak, despite vendors’ pushing a large variety of PCs at low prices. “Microsoft’s low-cost version of Windows for manufacturers that sell PCs for less than $250 has helped to increase PC shipments in the consumer segment, but not enough to overcome the negative year-on-year results.”