Germany and the UK experienced the worst slumps in volume sales of consumer PCs in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2019, according to analyst Context.
The region's leading economies saw drops of 19.2 and 17.6 per cent respectively.
Ireland and Sweden logged the smallest decreases of just 0.5 and 2.1 per cent.
Across Western Europe as a whole, the slump was less pronounced at 11.3 per cent.
Context distribution analysts research found that "Intel chip supply was tight", adding to already low consumer demand.
Senior analyst, Marie-Christine Pygott, said that the trend of people shifting towards using smartphones for day-to-day tasks means that many "see little reason to buy new machines".
Notebook sales dropped by 12.1 per cent, while desktops were down 7.6 per cent.
Another culprit: Brexit.
"The general fall was exacerbated by the effects of political and economic conditions in some of countries: for instance, in the UK, where consumer confidence is low amidst Brexit-related uncertainty," she said.
However, commercial PC sales fared far better over the quarter.
Business PC volume sales were 4.6 per cent up on last year, "driven by the end of Windows 7 support in early 2020, and the need to modernise workplaces".
Sales of notebooks increased 6.6 per cent, and desktops were up fractionally by 0.6 per cent.
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