MEA PC markets slump in Q4 2011
PC unit shipments fell 6.7% year-on-year, most major markets down
The Middle East and Africa PC market slumped 6.7% year-on-year in the final quarter of 2011, according to preliminary figures from IDC.
The analyst company said that total shipments in the MEA region were down to 5.1m units for Q4 2011, a 6.7% drop from the same quarter last year, although the figure was up on the 4.7m units shipped in Q3 2011.
IDC said instability across all markets, both economic and political, led to the drop across the region, with the exception of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The slump also hit all sectors, with desktop shipments falling 12.1% year-on-year to 1.8million, and notebooks down by 3.4% to 3.3 million units. Shipments in both sectors were marginally up from Q3 2011, with desktops up around 1% and notebooks up 12%, but this was not enough to reflect usual seasonal gains.
IDC noted that the markets in Turkey, Egypt, and Nigeria were particularly bleak, while the UAE stood out as a positive market due to the traditional year-end seasonal rise, Dubai Shopping Festival and several large commercial desktop deals.
Fouad Charakla, a senior research analyst at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey commented: "The weakening of Turkey's currency continued to negatively impact shipments into the country during the final quarter of last year, while political instability in Egypt and Nigeria inhibited growth for the overall African region.
"However, the stellar performance of strong growth markets such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as some other smaller countries across the MEA region, prevented the overall PC market from slumping to alarming levels."
IDC said that Dell overtook HP by volumes shipped in Q4 2011, with a 29% year-on-year rise, due to aggressive pricing in its notebook range and commercial desktop deals, including in the education sector.
In turn, HP saw a 28.2% drop in shipments in the quarter, as it was impacted by hard drive shortage.
Acer and Toshiba swapped paces, with Acer regaining third place, despite shipments falling by 11.9%, while Toshiba fell to fourth despite gaining 11.7%.
Lenovo maintained its fifth-placed position in the market, although it suffered a year-on-year decline of 8.4% in its shipments for the quarter.