El Segundo, Calif. – The research firm
iSuppli has marked Acer as the No. 2 worldwide computer maker for the third
quarter, knocking Dell out of that spot and into third place.
Hewlett-Packard retained the No. 1 slot, while Lenovo and Toshiba
filled out the rest of the top five slots.
iSuppli said Acer’s accomplishment marks the first time an Asian
computer manufacturer has ranked so high on its chart.
“Acer’s rise to the No. 2 rank in the global PC business reflects
not only its strong performance in the notebook segment, but also the historic
rise of Asia as a primary force in the computer industry,” said iSuppli’s Matthew
Wilkins, principal analyst, computer platforms research.
Acer’s computer shipments jumped 16.6 in the third quarter,
compared with the same period in 2008, and 31 percent compared with the second
quarter of 2009. Shipments totaled 10.7 million for the period.
HP saw its worldwide shipments increase 7 percent to 10.9
million, while Dell continued to struggle with its shipments falling off 5.9
percent. This is the 13
consecutive quarter that HP has spent as
the No. 1 PC shipper, according to iSuppli.
Lenovo also enjoyed a healthy quarter. Its shipments rose 17.2
percent on shipments of 6.9 million. Fifth-place Toshiba’s shipments rose 9.7
percent to 4 million.
Overall, the third quarter was good to the PC industry. iSuppli
reported that the 1.1 percent increase the entire category garnered for the
quarter was the first time in almost a year that unit shipments were up on a
year-over-year comparison. In addition, computer shipments rose 19 percent over
the previous quarter, the highest such increase iSuppli has marked since it
began tracking the category in 2003.
The research firm attributed this success to the continued
popularity of notebook computers, which it said managed to generate growth
every quarter despite the worldwide recession.
iSuppli is forecasting that shipments continue to grow during the
fourth quarter as consumers take advantage of holiday-related deals.
When the year is completed iSuppli expects PC shipments will have
suffered a minor 0.9 percent decline for 2009. Previously, the company had
forecast a 4 percent decline for the category.
iSuppli Table Q3 2009 Total PC Top-5 Unit Shipment Market Share Rankings (Thousands of Units)
Source: iSuppli Corp. December 2009