Hewlett-Packard and Dell were tops when it comes to notebook and desktop shipments in the second quarter of 2008, according to the latest report from research company iSuppli. The other three global top five PC vendors were Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba, iSuppli says. The iSuppli report also finds that despite the Wall Street financial crisis, PC shipments came in higher than previous forecasts.
gained back some share of the worldwide PC market in the second quarter of
2008, thanks to its retail and channel strategies, but the company still ranked
according to research company iSuppli.
The iSuppli report, released Oct. 2, showed that HP
shipped a total of 13.4 million desktops and notebook during the
second quarter of 2008, a more than 19 percent increase from 2007. Dell
increased its shipments by 21 percent for a total of 11.2 million.
It was the fourth consecutive quarter that Dell, once the world's top
supplier of PCs, gained back worldwide market share. This trend seems to
reflect Dell's aggressive push into the consumer retail market and its channel
strategy to boost enterprise sales.
For the quarter, PC shipments grew 14.5 percent worldwide and totaled 70.2
million units, according to iSuppli. Overall, the report points to an
aggressive worldwide PC market that does not seem to reflect the current
financial crisis on Wall Street or the growing concerns with the credit
industry in the United States.
"PC shipments came in higher than forecast," Matthew Wilkins, an
analyst with iSuppli, wrote in the report. "iSuppli maintains its
enthusiasm for the PC market in 2008, despite the challenging conditions.
iSuppli's latest forecast for the 2008 PC market estimates unit growth of 12.5
However, the numbers iSuppli supplied did not take into account the current
situation on Wall Street, which began in September with the failures at Freddie
Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.), Fannie Mae and Lehman Brothers. While
the consumer market is believed to be driving most of the worldwide PC market, the
current financial crisis could persuade IT departments to put off upgrading
their hardware, especially desktops and notebooks, which could slow down
the overall PC market.
The iSuppli report also did not specifically point to reasons why the PC
market grew at a double-digit rate during the quarter. One
reason that IDC has seen an increase in the PC market is the newfound
interest in low-cost notebooks such as the Asus Eee PC, the HP Mini-Note and
the Dell Inspiron Mini 9. Most, but not all, of these notebooks use the Intel
Atom processor, and have proven popular in the United
States, Western Europe
and emerging-market countries as alternatives to full-sized notebooks.
After HP and Dell, Acer ranked third in worldwide PC shipments, according to
iSuppli. The company shipped a total of 6.6 million PCs in the second quarter,
an increase of 17 percent from 2007. Those numbers also now incorporate PC
shipments from Gateway and Packard Bell, which were both acquired by Acer.
Lenovo ranked fourth in the report as the company
shipped 5.5 million PCs during the quarter, an increase of 14.4 percent.
Finally, Toshiba ranked fifth with 3.1 million PC shipments, an increase of