New York — First-quarter U.S. PC shipments were a measly 3 percent due to weakening economic conditions, according to two research firms.
However, worldwide PC shipments again enjoyed double-digit growth for the same period.
The low U.S. increase was in line with analysts expectations, said Gartner and IDC.
Gartner reported total U.S. shipments of 14.8 million for the first quarter, up 3 percent, with first-place Dell extending its market share lead over Hewlett-Packard. Dell shipped 4.8 million units, giving it 31.4 percent of the market, while HP shipped 3.8 million for 25 percent market share.
Continuing what has become a long-term trend, mobile computers drove U.S. sales, said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner’s Client Computing Markets group.
“Home mobile PC growth continued to drive U.S. PC growth,” Kitagawa said. “Despite declining consumer confidence, U.S. consumers did not put off mobile PC purchases as evidenced by solid mobile growth during the first quarter. This growth was stimulated in part by aggressive price cuts.”
IDC’s also had Dell as the leading U.S. shipper for the first quarter, pushing out just fewer than 5 million units for 30.9 percent share, with HP behind at 3.8 million units, shipping for 24.3 percent of the market.
"With the weak economy in the United States, PC shipments were negatively impacted by cautious PC buying in the consumer and commercial markets," said Doug Bell, research analyst, U.S. PC Tracker Program. "Despite the tough economic environment, shipment growth remained in positive territory, essentially driven by the sustained shift to mobility, combined with Dell's renewed competitive stance."
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q08 (Thousands of Units)
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers. Acer data includes Gateway’s consumer shipments and Packard Bell shipments.
Source: Gartner (April 2008)
Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, First Quarter 2008 (Preliminary)
Units Shipments are in thousands.
Some IDC estimates 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 and do not include handhelds. Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.
Data for Acer includes shipments for Gateway starting in Q4 2007, and only Acer data for prior quarters. This reflects the legal status of the companies, which merged during the fourth quarter of 2007.
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, April 16, 2008