By Andy Sambidge
Research firm Gartner sees 2.3% rise over same period in 2010; HP continues to lead vendors
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 US research firm Gartner.
"After strong growth in shipments of consumer PCs for four years, driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low-priced consumer notebooks, the market is shifting to modest, but steady growth, said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
"The slow overall growth indicates that the PC market is still in a period of adjustment, which began in the second half of 2010."
HP continued to be the worldwide leader, as it accounted for 17.5 percent of worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011, Gartner added.
The company performed better than average in most regions, but it was pulled down by its performance in Asia/Pacific.
Dell moved into second place in the worldwide PC market for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008. Dell did well in Asia/Pacific, where it has invested heavily lately.
Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors, as shipments increased 22.5 percent, Gartner said.
Acer dropped from No 2 to the No 4 position in the worldwide PC market.
"Given the hype around media tablets such as the iPad, retailers were very conservative in placing orders for PCs. 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," Kitagawa said.
PC shipments in EMEA totalled 23 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 4.8 percent decline from the second quarter of 2010.tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.