Thursday, July 12, 2012

Global PC market down

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 87.5 million units in the second quarter, a decline of 0.1 per cent from the second quarter of 2011, according to a study by Gartner.
The weak performance was due to the poor economic conditions as well as consumer interest shifting to smartphones and tablets, said Gartner, adding that the new Ultrabook segment had yet to generate significant volumes.
HP continued to lead worldwide PC shipments and accounted for 14.9 per cent of the market, but its global shipments declined by 12.1 per cent.
Lenovo's shipment growth of 14.9 per cent continued to exceed the worldwide average, narrowing the market share gap with HP. Lenovo had 14.7 per cent of shipments in the second quarter, up from 12.7 per cent a year earlier.
Similarly, Acer managed to increase shipments as compared to a year back and secured a market share of 11 per cent, while Dell followed closely with 10.7 per cent. Asus showed the strongest growth among the top five vendors worldwide, as its shipments increased by 38.6 per cent in the second quarter. It was good for a market share of seven per cent.
In the US, PC shipments totaled 15.9 million units in the second quarter, a 5.7 per cent decline from the same period last year due to weak consumer demand. PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa totaled 25.1 million units in the second quarter, a 1.9 per cent increase from the same period last year.
Western Europe saw very weak demand across all countries. The Asia/Pacific PC market grew by two per cent, as shipments reached 31.8 million units. In Latin America, PC shipments in the second quarter totaled 9.3 million units, a decline of 1.7 per cent from last year. Shipments in Japan grew by two per cent in the second quarter, as shipments surpassed 3.9 million units, the report revealed.

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