HP Unruffled by Downturn in Its Consumer PC Sales
HP, along with several other top personal PC makers, lost millions in sales to Apple and Android tablets in the last year. But the company contends there's plenty of room for all devices in the brave new, all-connected world.Some observers of the IT world were taken aback by Hewlett-Packard's most recent quarterly earnings report, which plainly showed that the world's largest supplier of personal computers had slipped in the consumer laptop/notebook department. People who follow the PC business closely, however, were not surprised. These folks already knew that Apple's iPad and iPad 2, as well as a flock of Google Android-based tablets, had cut deeply into all mobile PC sales during 2010 and early 2011.
The numbers were stark. Along with all the major PC makers, HP's consumer PC sales fell sharply in the quarter compared to a year ago, before Apple's iPad and numerous other tablets hit the marketplace. Analysts have projected worldwide sales of between 30 million and 50 million iPads in 2011, not to mention the other Android- and Windows-based tablets now on the market.