HP, Lenovo, Acer Lead Slowing PC Market
Most of the major PC vendors struggled to maintain growth momentum or fell into decline as the worldwide market cools.Shipments of PCs worldwide stalled in the second quarter of 2012, according to reports from IT research firms Gartner and IDC, with both firms reporting sales fell 0.1 percent compared with a year ago. The results were slightly below IDC's May projections of a 2.1 percent year-on-year growth. Gartner reported worldwide PC shipments totaled 87.5 million units for the quarter, led by Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Acer and Dell. In the United States, PC shipments totaled 15.9 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 5.7 percent decline from the same period last year. Market leader HP accounted for 14.9 percent of the market, but its global shipments declined 12.1 percent, according to Gartner, and continued to lead the U.S. PC market, accounting for 25 percent of PC shipments in the second quarter of 2012. Lenovos shipment growth continued to exceed the worldwide average, narrowing the market share gap with HPLenovos worldwide market share now stands at 14.7 percent, a nearly 15 percent increase compared with the second quarter of 2011. Acer placed third with more modest growth (3.6 percent) and 11 percent market share. Dell saw a sharp 11.5 percent decline in shipments to land in fourth place with 10.7 percent market share.
In the second quarter of 2012, the PC market suffered through its seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in prepared remarks. Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumers low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. Despite the high expectations for the thin and light notebook segment, Ultrabooks, shipment volume was small and little impact on overall shipment growth.