PC market in Q1 2015: Lenovo, HP, Asus gain

Lenovo increased its PC market share to 18.9 percent in Q1 2015 from 17 percent in Q1 2014, said Gartner.

HP enhanced its PC market share to 17.3 percent from 16 percent.

PC market share growth of Dell was flat at 12.6 percent.

Asus increased its share to 7.4 percent from 7.2 percent. On the other Acer share dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent.

PC shipments dipped 5.2 percent to 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, said Gartner.

The research report said desk-based PC shipments declined rapidly, with business desk-based PCs being impacted the most.

The top five vendors for the first three months were Lenovo, HP, Dell, ASUS and Acer but Lenovo and HP were the only vendors to experience an increase in PC shipments.

Dell, for the first time in six quarters, experienced a decline in PC shipment as compared with a year ago.

Gartner said the US faced 1.3 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014 with total 13.9 million units PC shipment in the first quarter of 2015.

HP, Lenovo and ASUS showed the growth in shipment with 26.1 percent, 13.5 percent and 10.8 percent respectively, in the US in the first quarter of 2015.

Gartner said PC shipments in EMEA totaled 21.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 4.4 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014.

Lenovo experienced stronger growth in EMEA and the U.S.

Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment in Q1 2015

Asia Pacific, as compared to first quarter of last year experienced 1.2 percent decline in shipments with 24.3 million units in Q1 2015.

Desk-based PC shipments in Asia Pacific declined 5.2 percent in the first quarter whereas mobile PCs grew by 3.7 percent.

The reason for the decline in PC shipments is businesses are buying fewer desktop computers as the replacement to the older PCs with Windows XP is already done.

“The reason for the decline of PC shipments in the U.S. was attributed to the desktop market, which experienced a double-digit decline. This was primarily due to the end of the Windows XP replacement cycle,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Meanwhile, IDC in different report said that PC shipments totaled 68.5 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a decline of 6.7 percent, the lowest record since Q1 2009.

 

“Mobile PCs are being driven by a separate underlying replacement cycle, which led mobile growth in the first quarter of 2015. PC replacements will be driven by thin and light notebooks with tablet functionality. Our early study suggests strong growth of hybrid notebooks, especially in mature markets, in Q1 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

The report said Lenovo experienced its strongest growth in EMEA and the U.S. It has become one of the top providers of hybrid notebooks, especially its Yoga line in mature markets.

HP performed moderately well in the first quarter, and it kept its top position in the U.S. and EMEA. HP increased share in the U.S., but in EMEA the share delta from Lenovo, the second-largest vendor in the region, narrowed compared with Q4 2014.

For the first time in six quarters, Dell experienced a worldwide PC shipment decline compared with a year ago. Dell was one of the vendors that benefited from replacement purchases due to the end of Windows XP support in 2014, but sales slowed as the replacement cycle faded.

Shilpa Khatri
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