Notebook and Desktop Sales Are Up After Years of Decline According To NPD

By Barry Eitel , Updated Aug 21, 2014 12:22 PM EDT

After seven straight financial quarters of decline, sales of notebooks actually increased over the last quarter. In Q2, 41.5 units of notebooks were moved, according to analyst firm NPD. That's an increase of only one percent, but it is an increase.

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Notebooks and desktops have been benefiting as tablet sales have actually slowed down this year after several years of meteoric growth.

Last month, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly actually claimed that tablet market was "crashing"--he later claimed that statement might have been an exaggeration, but it looks like the device's novelty (remember, the first iPad only came out in 2010, virtually creating what is now known as the "tablet market) is wearing off.

What's bad for tablets and smartphones, though, is good for their bigger siblings.

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Not only have sluggish tablet sales helped desktops and notebooks, but the newly implemented PC replacement plans are helping units move, NPD claimed in its report.

"North America and Western Europe have improved to positive double digit growth, due to a combination of commercial PC replacement cycles and Windows XP migration in 2014," NPD analyst Hisakazu Torii said in a statement.

Budget laptops--many of which are priced as much as some of the higher end tablets--are driving the increase, according to the analysts.

"The notebook PC market has also benefited from the launch of Chromebooks and other low-priced notebook PCs," Torii continued.

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