Tablet sales over the holidays reached 52.5 million, almost double what tablet sales were just one year ago. During this same period, PC shipments fell 6.4 percent to 89.8 million units.
Most telling is that Apple, the largest maker of tablets (iPads), shipped 22 million of them during the holidays while HP, the largest manufacture of computers, sold 15 million personal computers during the holiday season.
Samsung is second in the tablet sales with 15.1 percent of the market. This is an almost 10 percent improvement in its tablet sales over the previous year.
Dell, like HP, also saw its personal computer shipments decline. Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners (a private equity firm) and Microsoft are going to buy Dell for $24 billion in a deal that may take place on Monday. By taking the company private they can move ahead on their plan to focus on the corporate market rather than the personal computer market.
HP is also responding to the decline in PC computer sales by moving out of the PC computer market to concentrate on the corporate market. Just today it closed a factory in Germany and cut 850 jobs as part of its 2 year plan to eliminate 29,000 jobs in a bid to return to growth.