PC market beats expectations

Mild improvement in business outlook, says IDC

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PC market beats expectations The top three vendors (Lenovo, HP and Dell) each saw modest positive year-on-year growth during the quarter.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 10, 2013

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6m units in the third quarter of 2013. In year-on-year terms, the market contracted 7.6%, ahead of a projected decline of 9.5% for the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

While shipments remained weak during the early part of the quarter, the market was somewhat buoyed by business purchases, as well as channel intake of Windows 8.1-based systems during September.

A slight uptick in business volume contributed to shipments. The top three vendors (Lenovo, HP and Dell), which all have an important presence in the enterprise and public sectors, each saw modest positive year-on-year growth during the quarter. Conversely, consumer sentiment remained lukewarm at best, as evidenced by the continued struggles of Acer and ASUS.

Despite some encouraging developments in the business space, emerging markets continued to exhibit troubling signs, with Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) in particular still facing stock of Ivy Bridge-based systems and continued encroachment from lower-priced tablets and smartphones.

"The third quarter was pretty close to forecast, which unfortunately doesn't reflect much improvement in the PC market, or potential for near-term growth," said Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers.

"Whether constrained by a weak economy or being selective in their tech investments, buyers continue to evaluate options and delay PC replacements. Despite being a little ahead of forecast, and the work that's being done on new designs and integration of features like touch, the third quarter results suggest that there's still a high probability that we will see another decline in worldwide shipments in 2014."

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