An IDC report finds HP grew 3 percent compared with the second quarter of 2010, while Dell saw growth of 2.8 percent worldwide.
PC shipments surpassed 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 2.3
percent increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary
results by IT analytics firm Gartner. These results were below Gartner's
earlier projection for 6.7 percent growth. A similar report from IDC found
worldwide PC shipments increased 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2011,
just short of IDC's May projections for 2.9 percent growth, representing a
combination of a hangover from the more than 20 percent growth in the first
half of 2010; competition from smartphones and other consumer products; and
pressure from lackluster economic conditions.
and Dell led worldwide PC growth, accounting for 17.4 percent and 12.3 percent,
respectively, of worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011,
according to research from Gartner. The IDC report found HP grew 3 percent
compared with the second quarter of 2010, while Dell saw growth of 2.8 percent
worldwide. The IDC report noted HP saw good growth in key emerging markets and
also EMEA, but also had a slight drop in volume compared with the previous
quarter, while Dell managed to slow the pace of declines in key markets
compared with the first quarter, with good gains in key emerging markets.
to IDC's U.S. PC tracker, HP, Dell and Apple held the top three spots, followed
by Toshiba and Acer Group. Of the five, only Apple and Toshiba posted gains
compared with 2Q10, with a 14.7 percent and 3.7 percent boost, respectively. HP
shipments declined slightly to 0.6 percent compared with the same period last
year, while Dell dropped 10.2 percent. Acer Group posted a 25.4 percent
U.S. PC market continued to contract in 2Q11, largely as a result of three
factors. The first is an ongoing contraction in the netbook market and related
inventories. The second is the impact of 2Q10's difficult-to-sustain 12 percent
growth. And third, demand has softened as corporate buyers continue to focus on
increasing share of their IT budget in new IT solutions such as cloud and
virtualization, and consumer interest shifts to media tablets," said
Rajani Singh, research analyst for IDC's U.S. Quarterly PC Tracker. "Given
the weakness of 2H10, we expect a better market environment in 2H11 with mid-single
digit growth rates in the third quarter's back to school and fourth quarter's
on Gartner's preliminary results for U.S. PC shipments, Apple showed the
strongest growth among the top-tier vendors in the United States, as it climbed
from fifth place to third, overtaking Acer and Toshiba. The preliminary
findings show Apple's performance far exceeds the industry average partly
driven by an iMac refreshment that attracted both consumers and buyers in the
the hype around media tablets such as the iPad, retailers were very
conservative in placing orders for PCs," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal
analyst at Gartner. "Instead, they wanted to secure space for media tablets.
Some PC vendors had to lower their inventory through promotions, while others
slimmed their product lines at retailers."
said the professional PC sector was the bright spot in the U.S. market, as
large enterprises were in the middle of their refreshment purchase period,
which started last year. "Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) were also at the
peak of their refreshment periods," she said. "Due to budgetary constraints,
the public sector had a slow start in the second quarter of 2011, even though
the second quarter is typically a period of high PC sales."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.