Lenovo PC dominance continues, as does market decline

Holiday shipments on target; enterprise shrinkage mitigated by migration from XP: IDC

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Lenovo PC dominance continues, as does market decline For the full year 2013, unit shipments declined 10% from 2012. (ITP Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  January 13, 2014

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2m units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a year-on-year contraction of 5.6%, a shade better than the forecast 6% downturn, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

For the full year 2013, unit shipments declined 10% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak.

"The PC market again came in very close to expectations, but unfortunately failed to significantly change the trajectory of growth," said Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers, IDC.

"Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending. Although US growth slipped a little in the fourth quarter, other regions all improved, reinforcing our view that growth rates will continue to improve gradually during 2014, despite remaining in negative territory."

"In the United States, market leader HP had a difficult quarter, contracting 12.3%, year on year, as the market slowed following an HP surge in the third quarter," said Rajani Singh, senior research analyst, Personal Computing, IDC.

"However, Asian majors like Lenovo and Samsung achieved strong double-digit growth, driven partly by a modest commercial uptick and partly due to retail acceptance of their emerging product categories, such as Chromebooks.

"Dell and Toshiba also managed mid single-digit growth, essentially coming from large corporate refreshes in the enterprise segment. Nevertheless, despite a dip in total shipments, the US market outperformed most other regions and the worldwide market as a whole for the fifth consecutive quarter, reflecting a relative degree of stabilisation."

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