Thursday, January 12th 2012

PC market slips 0.2% in Q4 2011, Lenovo gaining on HP

Hit by hard drive shortages and slow economic conditions, the PC market has ended 2011 on a rather low note, with preliminary data from research firm IDC showing that PC sales in Q4 were of 92.7 million units, down 0.2% on-year. Despite the Q4 drop, the PC market still managed a decent result for the whole year, recording a 1.6% increase in shipments compared to 2010.

Back to the Q4 data though, we see HP maintaining its top position with 15.1 million shipped units and a market share of 16.31%. It's worth noting that, while it's still top dog, HP actually experienced a 15.93% drop in shipments compared to the same period of 2010. On second place, inching closer to HP is Lenovo, with a 14.04% share (the company managed a 36% growth over Q4 of 2010) while on third we find Dell securing 12.91% of the market.

The fourth place in Q4 was taken by Acer with 9.7 million shipped PCs (this translates into a 10.56% share), whereas the fifth place was grabbed by ASUS, who managed to ship 6.2 million units (up 26.29% on-year) and take a 6.73% share.

Looking at 2012, IDC is expecting the PC market to drop some more in Q1, but a recovery is predicted for the second half of the year. Fingers crossed?Source: IDC
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5 Comments on PC market slips 0.2% in Q4 2011, Lenovo gaining on HP

#1
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Is this anything PC related, so it includes netbooks, laptops, all-in-ones and whatnot? I've always been curious about that.
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Cristian_25H
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by: Frick
Is this anything PC related, so it includes netbooks, laptops, all-in-ones and whatnot? I've always been curious about that.
IDC says the numbers include Desktops, Portables and Mini Notebooks but not handhelds, x86 Servers and Media Tablets.
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1c3d0g
Some easy-to-see charts would be nice...
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Super XP
What was HP's CEO thinking? Bad move especially when HP is hardcore within the PC industry with one of the best support companies in terms of technical support and RMA services. They've personally served me very well historically.
Ow. HP is easily the biggest loser here in terms of dollar amounts; Gartner believes the company's tumble is mostly thanks to onetime CEO Lee Apotheker's decision to openly consider dumping HP's core PC business. The company's board dumped Apotheker for current CEO Meg Whitman, but the damage was done. Dell and Lenovo profited from HP's loss, and picked up a considerable amount of business over the same period.
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