The global PC market saw sales of desktops, notebooks and entry-level servers rise during Q3, despite negativity over consumer spending and component shortages, said iSuppli.
The global PC market in the third quarter posted growth of 7 percent
sequentially and 10.3 percent year-over-year, meeting expectations
despite a "growing chorus of negativity regarding the market," iSuppli
reported Nov. 5. While netbooks and tablets tend to dominate the
consumer conversation, it was desktop sales, following strong business
demand, that kept figures swinging upward.
Worldwide shipments reached a total of 88.1 million units, compared
to 82.6 million the quarter before and 79.9 million a year ago.
"From warnings issued by Taiwanese motherboard makers, to word of
declining exports from China, to mounting concerns over consumer
spending, there has been a drumbeat of negative news regarding the PC
market," Matthew Wilkins, an iSuppli principal analyst, said in a
statement. "However, even with consumer confidence shaken by government
austerity measures, individuals and businesses continued to purchase
PCs in the third quarter, driving up global shipments smartly."
While desktops, notebooks and entry level servers all rose
sequentially, as well as year-over-year, desktop PCs posted the
strongest growth of the three, rising by 11 percent sequentially.
Mobile PCs, by contrast, rose just 4 percent sequentially, though 15
percent over figures from a year earlier. However, these rates were
down 41 and 42 percent from those of the second and first quarters,
respectively, due to what iSuppli dubs "consumer confidence issues."
Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa, in an Oct. 13 report,
described PC purchases as being hampered by the hype around media
tablets. While tablets don't replace PCs, Kitagawa explained, they
nonetheless led consumers and the channel, expecting new devices to
arrive before the holidays, to take a "wait and see approach" that has
Gartner similarly estimated that shipments during the quarter reached 88.3 million, for a quarterly growth of 11 percent.
During the fourth quarter, iSuppli is expecting shipments to
continue to rise, by an estimated 5.3 percent. Still, the figure is
down considerably from the fourth quarter of 2009, which saw
year-on-year growth of 14.5 percent.
According to Gartner, Hewlett-Packard, despite a generally flat
year, again led the global PC market, followed by Acer and Dell, each
of which grew nearly 10 percent year-over-year. Lenovo, growing more
than 30 percent during the quarter, finished fourth, followed by Asus
All six of the top PC vendors additionally have media tablets in the works or already available.