New Delhi: Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments grew by a modest 2.3% to 85.2 million units in the three months ended 30 June over a year earlier because of inventory buildup and slowdown in developed markets, market research firm Gartner Inc. said.
The growth is well below Gartner’s forecast of 6.7%.
“The slow overall growth indicates that the PC market is still in a period of adjustment, which began in the second half of 2010,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
Kitagawa said PC shipments had enjoyed strong growth for four years driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low priced consumer notebooks. The market is now shifting to modest but steady growth.
“Vendor’s performances have become variable as they have had to deal with significant inventory buildup, changes to their product mix and the fact that growth has been coming mostly from emerging markets,” he said. “Vendors are having to shift resources away from mature consumer markets. They are also invested in developing media tablets, many of which launched in the first half of 2011.”
Hewlett-Packard remained the market leader, accounting for 17.5% of worldwide PC shipments despite a poor performance in the Asia-Pacific region. Dell, however, did well in this region to move into second place in the worldwide PC market for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008.
Lenovo enjoyed the strongest growth among top-tier vendors, as shipments increased 22.5%. Lenovo saw strong growth in Asia-Pacific, the US and Latin America with both desktop and mobile PCs.
Acer dropped from second to fourth position, mainly because it had a great deal of inventory in the distribution channel in Europe, Middle East and Africa.