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Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments In The Second Quarter Of 2013 Declined 10.9 Percent

Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history.

All regions showed a decline compared to a year ago. The fall in the Asia/Pacific PC market continued, showing five consecutive quarters of the shipment decline, while the EMEA PC market registered two consecutive quarters of double-digit decline.

“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”

HP and Lenovo's neck-and-neck competition continued. This time, Lenovo was back in the top position by only a small difference in share (see Table 1). Lenovo showed mixed regional results, as it experienced strong growth in the Americas and EMEA, while showing a major decline in Asia/Pacific. Weakness in China was most likely the contributor of Lenovo’s shipment decline in the region as the majority of Lenovo’s volume came from China.

While HP was slightly behind Lenovo, HP is a market leader in key regions including the U.S., EMEA and Latin America. Asia/Pacific has been a weakness the last three years for HP, but preliminary second quarter results suggest an improvement of their performance in the region.
Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)

              2Q13 Market               2Q12               2Q12 Market               2Q12-2Q13

              Share (%)               Shipments               Share (%)               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

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.Source: Gartner (July 2013)

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