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Report: Downtrend of PC Shipments Continues with 11% Decline in Q2

Report: Downtrend of PC Shipments Continues with 11% Decline in Q2

PC shipments have continued to decline since they registered their sharpest drop in the first quarter of this year. According to data from IDC and Gartner, their global shipment levels have dropped by roughly 11% in the second quarter, year-on-year. Lenovo is the top PC vendor now, taking the crown from HP.

Gartner: Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)
Company 2Q 2013 Shipments 2Q 2013 Market Share (%) 2Q 2012 Shipments 2Q 2012 Market Share (%) 2Q 2012-2Q 2013 Growth (%)
Lenovo  12,677,265  16.7  12,755,068  14.9  -0.6
HP  12,402,887  16.3  13,028,822  15.3  -4.8
Dell  8,984,634  11.8  9,349,171  11.0  -3.9
Acer Group  6,305,000  8.3  9,743,663  11.4  -35.3
ASUS  4,590,071  6.0  5,772,043  6.8  -20.5
Others  31,041,130  40.8  34,675,824  40.6  -10.5
 Total  76,000,986  100.0  85,324,591  100.0  -10.9

Gartner points to the displacement of low-end PCs, in mature and developed markets, by inexpensive tablets as the main reason for the continuing decline. For emerging markets, the tablet is seen as the choice device as many people defer from purchasing a PC. IDC states that the end consumer is facing difficulties adapting to the radical approach of touch-focused Windows 8 operating system, at the same time, the lower price points of tablets make them more attractive than PCs. On the contrary, a Gartner analyst disagrees with IDC's observation, and says that pinning the blame on declining PC sales to Windows 8 is unfounded.

IDC: Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)
Company 2Q 2013 Shipments 2Q 2013 Market Share (%) 2Q 2012 Shipments 2Q 2012 Market Share (%) 2Q 2012-2Q 2013 Growth (%)
Lenovo  12,619,000  16.7  12,802,000  15.0  -1.4
HP  12,378,000  16.4  13,414,000  15.7  -7.7
Dell  9,230,000  12.2  9,633,000  11.3  -4.2
Acer Group  6,226,000  8.2  9,241,000  10.8  -32.6
ASUS  4,590,000  6.1  5,820,000  6.8  -21.1
Others  30,589,000  40.4  34,464,000  40.4  -11.2
 Total  75,632,000  100.0  85,374,000  100.0  -11.4

All is not doom and gloom as IDC points to the recovering economy of the United States. As such, this situation may shore up PC shipment levels in the near future. Gartner notes the slowdown in decline of PC shipment in the US, for the second quarter, year-on-year. Despite this improvement for the US, both research firms highlight the risk of continual lower PC shipment numbers for the rest of the world.

(Source: IDC, Gartner via Neowin)

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