Third quarter PC ranking: HP leads as per IDC; Lenovo ranks top as per Gartner

Infotech Lead India: IDC said HP is leading the PC market in the third quarter of 2012, ahead of Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS. But Gartner ranked Lenovo as the top PC vendor.


The worldwide PC market declined 8.6 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

“We expected a weak PC market in the lead up to Windows 8 release in the fourth quarter. While the industry has been focused on shaving excess inventory and preparing to launch a new generation of products, consumers have been looking at alternative devices like tablets. In addition, businesses have slowed their refresh cycle as they remain concerned about the broad economic outlook, amid a busy political season,” said David Daoud, research director, Personal Computing at IDC.



Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Third Quarter 2012 (Preliminary)
(unit shipments in thousands)
Vendor     3Q12
    3Q12 Market
    3Q11 Market
1. HP 13,946 15.9 percent 16,679 17.4 percent -16.4 percent
2. Lenovo 13,824 15.7 percent 12,543 13.1 percent 10.2 percent
3. Dell 9,499 10.8 percent 11,039 11.5 percent -14.0 percent
4. Acer Group 8,414 9.6 percent 9,307 9.7 percent -9.6 percent
5. ASUS 6,381 7.3 percent 5,798 6.0 percent 10.0 percent
Others 35,732 40.7 percent 40,714 42.4 percent -12.2 percent
All Vendors 87,795 100.0 percent 96,080 100.0 percent -8.6 percent
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, October 10, 2012



But Gartner said Lenovo is the market leader in the PC segment.


According to Gartner, though HP finished the quarter very close to Lenovo, HP has given up the top PC vendor position for the first time since the third quarter of 2006. HP is currently restructuring its device business, including PCs, tablets and printers. HP’s main concern is achieving a good balance between market share gain and margin protection.


Lenovo took the No. 1 position in worldwide PC shipments for the first time in the company’s history, as its share increased to 15.7 percent, while HP’s global PC share was at 15.5 percent. In addition to acquiring other vendors, Lenovo has taken an aggressive position on pricing, especially in the professional market. As a result, Lenovo has achieved significant market share gains over the last two years, exceeding regional average growth rates across all regions.



Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q12 (Units)

Company                   3Q12
              3Q12 Market
Share ( percent)
              3Q11 Market
Share ( percent)
Growth ( percent)
Lenovo                   13,767,976               15.7               12,536,756               13.1               9.8
HP 13,550,761 15.5 16,217,987 17.0 -16.4
Dell 9,216,638 10.5 10,676,513 11.2 -13.7
Acer Group 8,633,267 9.9 9,616,572 10.1 -10.2
ASUS 6,380,690 7.3 5,708,807 6.0 11.8
Others 35,954,748 41.1 40,683,666 42.6 -11.6
Total                   87,504,080               100.0               95,440,301               100.0               -8.3

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (October 2012) 


Baburajan K
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