Top 5 PC makers in Q4 2012: IDC

Infotech Lead India: HP is leading the worldwide PC shipments in Q4 2012 with

HP was assisted by its aggressive push for Windows 8 volume.

HP gained in Asia Pacific and the U.S.

IDC said HP struggled in EMEA but posted the first year-over-year growth in Asia/Pacific in four quarters. Total volume was nearly flat from a year ago, but better than the overall market.

Lenovo grew over 8 percent. Volume was more than 14 million units, with continued success in channel wins in the U.S. and EMEA.

Dell’s worldwide shipments were down over 20 percent year over year – faster than declines over the past several years – with U.S. volume declining almost as much. The firm did manage sequential growth in most other markets.

Acer Group has suffered as consumers focus on other products. Acer’s cautious approach to the Windows 8 transition has contributed to slower notebook shipments.

ASUS reported growth of 5.6 percent year on year. The firm racked-up strong gains across many regions, where its often innovative yet price-conscious offerings still managed to take root in spite of an increasingly tough landscape.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2012 (Preliminary)
(Units Shipments are in thousands)
Vendor   4Q12
  4Q12 Market
  4Q11 Market
HP15,02316.7 percent15,11315.8 percent-0.6 percent
Lenovo14,10515.7 percent13,04013.6 percent8.2 percent
Dell9,48210.6 percent11,96712.5 percent-20.8 percent
Acer Group6,9597.8 percent9,69210.1 percent-28.2 percent
ASUS6,4677.2 percent6,1266.4 percent5.6 percent
Others37,75342.0 percent39,97441.7 percent-5.6 percent
All Vendors89,789100.0 percent95,913100.0 percent-6.4 percent

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, January 10, 2013

IDC said worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 6.4 percent compared to the same quarter in 2011.

IDC said Windows 8 did not quickly change recently sluggish PC demand.

Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, said: “Lost in the shuffle to promote a touch-centric PC, vendors have not forcefully stressed other features that promote a more secure, reliable and efficient user experience. As Windows 8 matures, and other corresponding variables such as Ultrabook pricing continue to drop, hopefully the PC market can see a reset in both messaging and demand in 2013.”

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