Lenovo takes top PC vendor spot: IDC

Q2 sees global ranking reshuffle as HP loses leader status; Dell rallies but stays no 3

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Lenovo takes top PC vendor spot: IDC Lenovo took the top PC vendor title, continuing its streak of gains following channel expansion. (ITP Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  July 11, 2013

Lenovo overtook Hewlett-Packard to become the world's largest PC maker by units shipped in Q2, according to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

GALLERY: Lenovo's UAE smartphone blitz.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6m units in the second quarter of 2013, down 11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012 but slightly better than expected. Total shipments were effectively right on forecasts of 75.4m and a decline of 11.7%, although Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan (APeJ) were a few points below expectations with the difference made up in the United States.

IDC sees the numbers as reflecting a market that is still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8 as well as justifying ultrabook prices in the face of economic pressures and competition from tablets and other devices. A silver lining is that a number of vendors and regions seemed to be focused on inventory reduction during the second quarter, which could reflect planned launches of new models as well as lower inventory going into the second half of the year. However, it also reflects some caution among vendors and the channels in the face of remaining challenges for PCs and more than a year of declining shipments.

"With second quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," said Jay Chou, senior analyst, IDC Worldwide PC Tracker.

GALLERY: Lenovo's UAE smartphone blitz.

"Slower growth in Europe and China reflect the risks, while the improved US outlook reflects potential improvement. Still, the weakness in emerging markets is a threat to a core long-term growth area. In addition, while efforts by the PC ecosystem to bring down price points and embrace touch computing should make PCs more attractive, a lot still needs to be done in launching attractive products and addressing competition from devices like tablets."

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