Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipment Growth Was Flat in Second Quarter of 2012

Ultrabooks Had Little Impact on Overall Shipments in the Quarter

STAMFORD, Conn. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 11, 2012 — Worldwide PC shipments totaled 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a decline of 0.1 percent from the second quarter of 2011, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

“In the second quarter of 2012, the PC market suffered through its seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. Despite the high expectations for the thin and light notebook segment, Ultrabooks, shipment volume was small and little impact on overall shipment growth.”

“Consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing. This is more of a trend in the mature market as PCs are highly saturated in these markets,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “A big portion of R&D spending has been allocated to Ultrabook development, together with Intel’s massive investments to establish the market segment. Though Ultrabook was at first introduced in the market in 2011, the major promotion kicked off toward the end of 2Q12 with the IvyBridge, based Ultrabook release. This segment is still in an early adopter’s stage.”

HP continued to be in the top position in worldwide PC shipments (see Table 1). It accounted for 14.9 percent of the market, but its global shipments declined 12.1 percent. Some of HP’s disappointing results were due to internal issues from the organizational changes. HP’s PC business has not been back to pre re-structuring level yet. The company also faced aggressive pricing from Lenovo in the professional market, and threats from companies such as ASUS and Samsung in the already crowded consumer markets.

Table 1

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q12 (Units)


Company
     

2Q12
Shipments

     

2Q12 Market
Share (%)

     

2Q11
Shipments

     

2Q11 Market
Share (%)

     

2Q12-2Q11
Growth (%)

   
HP       13,036,548       14.9       14,838,734       16.9       -12.1
Lenovo 12,820,301 14.7 11,160,303 12.7 14.9
Acer Group 9,646,383 11.0 9,315,341 10.6 3.6
Dell 9,349,212 10.7 10,570,007 12.1 -11.5
ASUS 6,120,957 7.0 4,416,125 5.0 38.6
Others 36,495,872 41.7 37,256,607 42.6 -2.0
Total       87,469,273       100.0       87,557,116       100.0       -0.1

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