Weakness in the global economy, component shortages, sluggish demand
for Windows 8 and the popularity of tablets all contributed to another
double-digit percentage decline for the global PC market in the second
PC shipments in the period from April to June totalled 75.6 million
units, down 11.4 percent from the same quarter in 2012, research firm
IDC said on Wednesday.
The numbers include desktop, laptop, mini-notebook and workstation sales and exclude those of tablet computers.
If there was any good news in the figures, it was that the decline
was marginally less bad than the 11.7 percent drop that IDC had
initially predicted, though that won’t be much comfort to PC vendors.
All five of the top vendors sold fewer PCs globally than they did in
the same quarter a year earlier, although a few increased their market
share against competitors.
Looking ahead, IDC expects the rate of decline to slow but doesn’t expect shipments to increase again until at least 2015.
Why the decline?
”There’s been a lot going on,” said Loren Loverde, vice president of
PC tracker research at IDC, in a telephone interview. “Economic weakness
has continued in Europe, it’s worsening in Asia and not making much
progress in the U.S.”
”The good news is that the U.S. has improved quite a bit,” he said.
The U.S. PC market saw a 1.9 percent decline in the second quarter—a
drop for sure, but better than the double-digit declines of recent
quarters. The wider availability of Windows 8 PCs and the migration from
Windows XP to Windows 7 both contributed to the smaller decline.
HP remained the number-one PC maker in the U.S., though its lead over
second-place Dell narrowed considerably. What had been a lead of more
than half a million PCs a year ago shrunk to just under 200,000 in the
second quarter of 2013, as HP saw a decline in shipments and Dell was
the sole top-five vendor to see shipments increase.
HP ended the quarter with U.S. sales of 4 million units and Dell with
3.8 million. Together, the two companies account for more than half of
the entire 15.6 million-unit U.S. PC market.
Globally, Lenovo moved into the top spot for PC shipments. HP had led
during the same period in 2012, but Lenovo managed to expand sales
outside of Asia Pacific to boost its second-quarter shipments to 12.6
million. That was still a decline from a year earlier, but a much
smaller decline than those of its competitors.
Among the top five vendors, fourth-place Acer saw the biggest
declines. Its shipments dropped by a third from a year earlier as
consumer demand for its PCs and particularly its mini-notebook computers
collapsed. Demand has also been slow for its Ultrabook machines, IDC
Fifth consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines?
IDC rival Gartner also reported its PC shipment figures Wednesday and
put the global market at 76 million units, down 10.9 percent on the
year. (Disclosure: PCWorld, IDG News Service, and IDC are all owned by
the International Data Group.)
”This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments,
which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history,”
Gartner said in a statement.
The company’s estimates were released at around the same time as IDC’s and largely mirrored its observations on the market.