East Africa Sees Record Double-Digit Decline in PC Shipments


PC shipments to East Africa suffered a huge year on year decline of 31.6% in Q1 2014. According to a preliminary report released by IDC that covers Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia the record quarterly decline saw shipments total 141 831 units for the period under review.

"Huge volumes of low-cost mini notebooks were shipped to East Africa during the corresponding period of 2013, and these devices are no longer in production," says James Mutua, a research analyst at IDC East Africa. "We expected the remaining vendors to take advantage of this gap by developing products specifically targeted at this market, but this has so far not materialized. The disappearance of mini notebooks from the market combined with the impact of VAT, inventory issues, shifts in vendor strategies, and channel realignment initiatives to negatively impact the buoyancy of East Africa\'s PC shipments in Q1 2014."