By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Worldwide PC shipments were down by double digits in the second quarter compared with last year's quarter, according to preliminary reports from International Data Corp. (IDC) and Gartner, with Lenovo leading the way in units shipped.
IDC reported total shipments of 75.6 million units, down 11.4 percent from last year's Q2. Gartner pegged shipments at 76 million, down 10.9 percent year over year. Both companies had Lenovo overtaking HP as the market share leader with 16.7 percent of total shipments.
HP, Dell, Acer and Asus rounded out the top five in both reports. All five companies showed negative growth year over year with Acer tumbling the most, with a more than 30 percent decline.
PC shipments in the U.S., meanwhile, stabilized after several quarters of decline. IDC reported a 1.9 percent decline year over year, while Gartner recorded it at 1.4 percent.
Both reports noted that significant declines in the consumer market were partially offset by solid growth in the enterprise market, especially for HP, Dell and Lenovo in the U.S.
“Our preliminary results indicate that this reduced market decline was attributed to solid growth in the professional market,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Three of the major professional PC suppliers, HP, Dell and Lenovo, all registered better than U.S. average growth rate. The end of Windows XP support potentially drove the remaining PC refresh in the U.S. professional market.”
Consumer demand for PCs continues to decline as the media tablet market racks up substantial gains.
“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Kitagawa. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”
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