The decline in sales of traditional personal computers seems to have bottomed out, after eight consecutive quarters of decline.

That is according to analysis by Gartner, which found 75.8 million units were sold in the second quarter of 2014, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter last year. 

The research shows that while sales in developed markets appeared to stabilise, sales in developing markets took a dip. According to Gartner, that is a result of the growing popularity of low cost tablets in emerging markets. 

The company is predicting slow but consistent growth in the PC market from now on, as committed PC buyers continue to keep sales alive, but off a lower market baseline. 

It said that while the end of support for Windows XP drove some sales in developed markets, the underlying business replacement cycle is what will stabilise the market. 

Globally manufacturer Lenovo extended its lead at the top of the market, with a double digit growth in all markets except Asia-Pacific, leading to a 19% share. HP came in second place, after the fastest increase in sale in four years.