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PC shipments slip 8.1% in Q1

Posted: 26 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC shipment? netbook? notebook?

PC shipments for Q1 fell 8.1 percent to 66.5 million units, from 72.3 million in Q1 08, as desktop sales were weaker than expected, iSuppli Corp. reported. This is the biggest drop since iSuppli began tracking the industry seven years ago.

Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research at iSuppli, said, "The worldwide recession sparked by the credit crisis slammed PC shipments for Q2 in succession during the first three months of 2009." iSuppli had forecast a 4 percent decline, and the drop was worse than expected. Wilkins added that "after a long period of immunity to the global downturn, the economic crisis finally has begun to impact the PC market."

The desktop segment was the major culprit for the PC decline, with first-quarter unit shipments dropping by 23 percent compared to the same period in 2008. In contrast, notebook shipments grew 10 percent compared to Q1 08.

Solid Top 5
The rankings of the Top 5 PC OEMs in Q1 compared to the same period a year earlier remained the same. Hewlett-Packard remained on top for the 11th successive quarter, with its shipments remaining flat from a year earlier at 13 million units. The company held a market share of 19.7 percent. Dell experienced an 18.7 percent drop in PC unit shipments, declining to 8.8 million in Q1, compared to 10.8 million during the same period in the 2008. The company's market share declined to 13.2 percent, down from 14.9 percent in Q1 08. The other three are Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba, which had market shares of 11.1, 6.7 and 5.2 percent, respectively.

Toshiba posted the strongest growth among the Top 5 on a percentage basis, with its shipments rising by 13.5 percent from a year earlier.

Powered mostly by network operator retail stores, netbook sales remained strong, according to iSuppli. "The bundling of a low-cost portable computer and an Internet access package clearly has struck a chord with consumers," Wilkins said. "The reduced upfront pricing of such packages provided by monthly contract plans also has been a strong factor propelling their success." iSuppli predicts netbooks will account for 14 percent of worldwide notebook PC shipments in 2009.

- Richard Goering
EE Times

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