New Delhi: Personal computer (PC) shipments grew by a robust 33% in the three months to 31 March over the same period last year, on the back of renewed spending on information technology by large enterprises, including banks, and growing customer purchases.
Shipments measure the number of PCs shipped by manufacturers to distributors or directly to end-users.
Some 2.24 million PCs were shipped in the March quarter, up 14% from the preceding three months, said a report released by market research firm IDC India.
Desktop PC shipments stood at 1.43 million units, constituting two-thirds of the overall PC market and growing 18% year-on-year (y-o-y). Notebook shipments grew by 72% to touch 803,000 units.
“The good growth this quarter has come largely due to renewal in spending by the large enterprises, in contrast to the spending from the public sector and consumers, which had led to the recovery earlier,” said Sumanta Mukherjee, lead PC analyst at IDC India.
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) dropped its share from 18.2% to 16.5% y-o-y, but remained the market leader. It was followed by Dell Inc. at 13.6% and Acer Inc. at 13%.
HP also regained the top slot in the Notebook segment, after losing it to Dell in the previous quarter.
“If you look at the last two quarters, we have increased our (overall market) share, though only slightly. So, the trend has reversed and we will continue to gain share moving forward,” said Sunil Dutt, vice- president and general manager (Personal System Group) at HP India. He credited a focus on consumer needs and a robust supply chain for HP cementing its position.
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But the past year has changed the dynamics of the PC market, with Acer and Dell making large gains.
Acer, for instance, has almost doubled its market share in one year from 7.3% in January-March 2009. “The jump in share has been possible because of the strategies which we have put in place over the last couple of quarters,” said S. Rajendran, chief marketing officer of Acer India.
Dell has grown to 13.6% from 9.7% over the same period.