Acer challenges HP’s PC dominance

HP maintained its top position while Acer increased shipments by nearly 43% in the EMEA region for the first quarter, according to Gartner's preliminary results of quarterly PC shipments.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  April 19, 2007

The Middle East was among emerging regions that bolstered PC trade in the EMEA region in the first quarter of the year that saw shipments increase overall by 13.7% to a total of 21.6 million units. HP maintained its top position in the number of units shipped while Acer increased shipments by nearly 43% over last year to take second spot in the region. According to Gartner’s preliminary results of quarterly PC shipments, Dell’s market share took a dip during the quarter. The vendor fell to third place with 2,349 units shipped - a drop of just over 1% year on year. “The market conditions are getting really tough for the vendors, in particular for Dell. For the third consecutive quarter, the company performed well below the average market growth and was the only vendor to record a decline this quarter,” said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest’s Client Computing Markets Group in EMEA. “The dynamics of the market witnessed strong consumer mobile PC demand and weak desk-based growth in the professional market, as it did last quarter. The appetite of consumers to purchase mobile PCs continued unabated,” he added. The report continues that Microsoft’s official consumer launch of Vista in January, had very limited impact on overall worldwide shipment demand on a quarterly basis. In EMEA specifically, some vendors saw inventory levels increase as they struggled to shift non Vista based PCs. It resulted in further price reductions and margins decrease. Overall, retailers were quicker to sell Vista PCs than the professional channels. Worldwide PC shipments rose 8.9% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 62.7 million units. The statement reveals that the US, EMEA and Latin American regions performed better than Gartner’s forecast. HP’s growth outpaced the industry average with its worldwide PC shipments increasing 28.7% n the first quarter. Dell witnessed a dip of 7.8% even as it retained its second position in line. In Asia/Pacific PC shipments reached 15.7 million units, a 10.3% increase from the first quarter of last year, while Japan saw a decrease of 6.8%.

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