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PC shipments in many APAC countries down in Q3

Posted: 23 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IDC has released its latest report showing that the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market grew two per cent QoQ but declined 12 per cent YoY in 3Q13 to reach 27.8 million units, one per cent lower than IDC's initial forecasts.

China posted modest gains compared to last quarter on the back of improved commercial spending there, but declines in a few big ASEAN markets and continued weakness in most mature markets offset those gains, keeping the overall region suppressed yet again in Q3.

"Sluggish economic activity, exchange rate volatility and fuel price hikes plagued markets in South East Asia, with Indonesia and Thailand bearing the brunt of this pressure," stated Handoko Andi, research manager at IDC Asia/Pacific. "And there are still many risks ahead, despite a number of new products being launched towards the end of the year."

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Lenovo did well in the seasonally high Q3 market in India, while also improving from last quarter's results in China, but that was not enough for the vendor to arrest its YoY decline in the region. Ongoing fulfilment for a very large education notebook project in India and a sequential pick-up in China helped HP sustain its YoY unit gains in Q3.

Dell similarly posted a strong recovery in China on the back of heavy channel filling there late in the quarter. Acer and ASUS though, continued to grapple with weak consumer PC buying sentiments across the region.

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