Lenovo expands PC market share lead over HP in Q4, says IDC

Chinese devices vendor Lenovo has expanded its PC market share lead over HP in the fourth quarter of 2013, said IDC.

Lenovo has increased its PC market share to 18.6 percent in Q4 2013 from 16.1 percent in Q4 2012, while HP share decreased to 16.8 percent from 17.3 percent.

Dell increased its fourth quarter PC market share to 12.2 percent from 10.9 percent.

IDC report said Lenovo was strong in EMEA, Japan, and Latin America. The firm has continued to stay aggressive with its breadth of products, flexibility, and focus on channel development. Growth in the U.S. slowed, but remained ahead of other market leaders.

HP PC shipments in the U.S. dropped more than 12 percent year on year. Fourth quarter PC shipments were down slightly from the third quarter, suggesting a clearing of inventory as well as slowing projects in Asia/Pacific.

The Americas continued to be a strong area for Dell, while shipments in Asia/Pacific also returned to positive growth.

Meanwhile, IDC’s PC shipment report and Gartner’s report are giving different statistics.

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IDC said PC shipments declined 5.6 percent to 82.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Gartner said PC shipments decreased 6.9 percent to 82.6 million units.

According to IDC, for the full year 2013, unit shipments declined 10 percent from 2012. Its report noted that changes in mobility and personal computing are affecting the market. While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs for tablets.”

Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers, said: “Shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending.”

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