Indian PC market grows 5.2% in Q2

Indian PC market grows 5.2% in Q2

Bangalore: The overall India PC market grew 5.2% during April-June quarter of 2009 to touch 1.765 million shipments over the previous quarter, according to IT research firm IDC India.

For the same period (2Q 2009 over 1Q 2009) desktop PC shipments rose 4.4%, while notebook PC shipments grew by 7.2%, the company said.

In the overall PC (Notebooks and Desktops combined) market, HP retained the top spot with a market share of 17.8%, followed by HCL and Dell.

HP retained the top position in terms of desktop PC shipments with 12.7 market share, followed by HCL and Acer in second and third spots in 2Q CY2009. In notebook PC shipments, HP retained top spot with 30.9% market share in 2Q 2009; Dell retained second spot while Acer came in at third.

According to Kapil Dev Singh, country manager, IDC India, “The India PC market performance in 2Q CY2009 has shown what may be termed as early signs of a revival, as the decline in overall PC shipments year-on-year reduced from a high of 22.7% (4Q 2008 versus 4Q 2007) to 15.3% in the current quarter (2Q 2009 versus 2Q 2008)."

“Demand was buoyant during this quarter on account of a higher offtake by the consumer and education segments", he said.

In terms of horizontal segments, while the SME segment responded positively during the quarter (2Q 2008), the large and very large enterprise segments are still waiting for cues of a sustained global economic recovery.

As expected, IDC India said in a statement, the recently concluded general elections proved to be a distraction from the Government sector spending on PCs.

However, with the new Central government settling down and the festive season starting earlier than usual this year, the coming quarter (3Q 2009) presents an opportunity for vendors to spruce up their shipments performance, it said.

In the emerging segment of mini notebook PCs, enjoying a newfound liking among home users, shipments doubled quarter-on-quarter (2Q 2009 over 1Q 2009).

According to Sumanta Mukherjee, lead PC analyst, IDC India “The Mini Notebook PC segment saw emergence of new entrants like BenQ and Samsung, while existing players like Acer, Asus, and Lenovo moved to consolidate their positions."

“With more vendors slated to enter this space and with the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS lined up for October 2009, the India Mini Notebook PC space could see a lot more traction in the forthcoming quarters".

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