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Q1 PC Shipments See Growth In U.S., Worldwide

4/20/2007 12:42:00 PM Eastern

Framingham, Mass. — The research firms Gartner and IDC reported that Dell was the leading vendor in the U.S. PC market for the first quarter of 2007, with a significant lead in terms of shipments against runners-up Hewlett-Packard and Gateway.

The U.S. PC market saw “low single-digit, year-on-year” growth and “typical seasonal decline” from the fourth quarter to the first quarter, stated IDC.

Similarly, Stamford, Conn.–based research firm Gartner reported that PC shipments in the United States grew 2.9 percent in the first quarter compared with first quarter in 2006.

Despite its No. 1 position, Dell did lose market share. IDC attributed the loss to a “slow U.S. market and internal restructuring.”

“A focus on the slower growing commercial market and a strategy of not chasing share at the expense of profitability while facing aggressive competition from HP and other competitors has reduced growth [at Dell] dramatically.” The company’s “limited retail” presence was also cited by IDC as a factor in its market share decline.

Worldwide PC shipments also grew in the first quarter. Gartner’s preliminary results show that PC shipments totaled 62.7 million units worldwide, which it says is an 8.9 percent increase compared with the same period last year. IDC reported a 10.9 percent growth in worldwide PC shipments for the same period.

Both firms indicated that Microsoft’s consumer launch of Vista during the first quarter may have played some role in boosting shipments in certain cases, but neither offered any definitive data to prove any significant connection other than Gartner’s claim that “on a monthly basis, mature regions experienced a bubble in demand following [Vista’s] release.”

IDC credited the worldwide growth primarily to the strength of portable and consumer demand rather than strong commercial growth.

On a global scale, both firms reported that HP had significantly higher shipments in the first quarter than No. 2 Dell.

While Vista was not given much credit for boosting overall worldwide sales, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest’s client computing markets group, said “HP was helped by the Vista operating system consumer launch in the mature regions, and it is benefiting from a strong position in the channel.”

Gartner said its numbers are preliminary that a final report will be available soon. IDC’S results come from its worldwide quarterly PC tracker, which it says tracks PC market data in 55 countries by a variety of factors.

U.S. PC Market Data - Q1 2007

Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Shipment Estimated for 1Q07 (Thousands of Units)

 Company  1Q07 Shipmments  1Q07 Market Share (%)  1Q06 Shipments  1Q06 Market Share (%)  1Q07 - 1Q06 Growth (%)
 Dell  4,126  27.9  4,881  33.9  -15.5
 Hewlett-Packard  3,807  25.7  3,027  21.0  25.8
 Gateway  1,147  7.7  1,225  8.5  -6.3
 Toshiba  805  5.4  635  4.4  26.8
 Apple  741  5.0  570  4.0  30.0
 Others  4,185  28.3  4,057  28.2  3.1
 TOTAL  18,811  100.0  14,395  100.0  2.9

 Source: Gartner Dataquest (April 2007)

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and X68 servers. 

Top Three Vendors, United States PC Shipments, First Quarter 2007 (Preliminary) (Unit Shipments are in thousands)

 Vendor  1Q07 Shipments  Market Share (%)  1Q06 Shipments  Market Share (%)  1Q07-1q06 Growth
 Dell  4,271 26.8  4,992  32.4  -14.4
 HP  3,865 24.2  3,079  20.0  25.5
 Gateway  1,149 7.2  1,226  8.0  -6.3
 Others  6,679 41.8  6,113  39.7  9.3
 All Vendors  15,964 100.0  15,409  100.0  3.6

Source: IDC, April 18, 2007

Notes:

  • IDC estimates for Gateway and Toshiba are prior to financial earnings reports

  • Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the vendor/brand under which they are sold.

  • PCs include desktops, notebooks, ultra portables, and x86 servers

  • PCs do not include handlehelds. Sata for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

Worldwide PC Market Data - Q1 2007

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q07 (Thousands of Units)

 Company  1Q07 Shipments  1Q07 Market Share (%)  1Q06 Shipments  1Q06 Marke Share (%)  1Q07-1Q06 Growth (%)
 Hewlett-Packard  11,030  17.6  8,569  14.9  28.7
 Dell  8,692  13.9  9,430  16.4  -7.8
 Acer  4,275  6.8  2,927  5.1  46.1
 Lenovo  3,969  6.3  3,417  5.9  16.1
 Toshiba  2,552  4.1  2,213  3.8  15.3
 Others  32,201  51.3  31,014  53.9  3.8
 Total  62,719  100.0  57,571  100.0  8.9

Source: Gartner Dataquest (April 2007)

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and x68 servers

Top Five Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, First Quarter 2007 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)

 Vendor  1Q07 Shipments  Market Share (%) 1Q06 Shipments Market Share (%)   1Q07-1Q06 Growth (%)
 HP  11,240 19.1  8,765  16.5  28.2
Dell   8,985 15.2  9,648  18.2  -6.9
Lenovo  3,969 6.7  3,381  6.4  17.4
Acer  3,969 6.7  2,807  5.3  41.4
Toshiba   2,555 4.3  2,266  4.3  12.7
Others  28,217 47.9  26,281  49.4  7.4
All Vendors   58,935 100.0  53,149  100.0  10.9

Source:IDC. April 18. 2007

Notes:

  • IDC estimates for Gateway and Toshiba are prior to financial earnings reports.

  • Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the vendor/brand under which they are sold.

  • PCs include desktops, notebooks, ultra portables, and x86 servers

  • PCs do not include handhelds. Data for all vendors are reported for calendar year periods.