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2Q11 global PC shipments up 2.3%

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Based on the preliminary results of Gartner Inc.'s research, worldwide PC shipments surpassed 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011. This is a 2.3 percent increase from the same period last year. However, these numbers are below Gartner's earlier projection of 6.7 growth for the PC market.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner commented, "After strong growth in shipments of consumer PCs for four years, driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low-priced consumer notebooks, the market is shifting to modest, but steady growth. He added that the slow overall growth in the PC market shows that it is still in a period of adjustment, which began in the second half of 2010.

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??Weak U.S., EMEA PC markets
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"Vendor's performances have become variable as they have had to deal with significant inventory buildup, changes to their product mix, and the fact that growth has been coming mostly from emerging markets. Vendors are having to shift resources away from mature consumer markets. They are also invested in developing media tablets, many of which launched in the first half of 2011," Kitagawa added.

Top worldwide PC vendor list
With 17.5 percent share of the worldwide PC shipments, HP continued to be the No. 1 PC vendor in the second quarter of 2011. The company performed better than average in most regions, but it was pulled down by its performance in Asia-Pacific. Globally, HP achieved solid growth in the professional PC market, but it continued to face challenges in the consumer segment.

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The data for these estimates include desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Final estimates are subject to change.
Source: Gartner (July 2011)

For the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008, Dell held the No. 2 spot in the worldwide PC market. Dell did well in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company has invested heavily lately. Professional PC refreshments definitely boosted Dell's growth. Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors, as shipments increased 22.5 percent. Lenovo achieved strong growth in Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Latin America with both desktop and mobile PCs.

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