hp pc PC market returns to growth

The global PC market saw a return to growth for the first time in years, with shipments increasing by 2.3 percent, defying analyst expectations.

The global PC market saw a return to growth for the first time in years, with shipments increasing by 2.3 percent, defying analyst expectations.

 
An International Data Corporation (IDC) report shows that shipments in the first quarter of this year were up by 2.3 percent compared to the same quarter in 2011, higher than the 0.9 percent decline expected.
 
PCs are facing a lot of challenges at the moment, including HDD shortage, weak economic conditions, high competition from tablets, and uncertainty surrounding Windows 8, but these figures show that things aren't all grim for PCs.
 
HP remains in the top spot with a market share of 18 percent, a slight increase on the 17.9 percent market share it had in the first quarter of 2011. Shipments were up from 15.2 million units to 15.7 million, an increase of 3.2 percent.
 
hp pc PC market returns to growth
 
Lenovo pushed Dell out of second position with massive 43.7 percent growth. Shipments were up from 8.1 million to 11.7 million, while its market share increased from 9.6 percent to 13.4 percent.
 
Dell's growth declined by 2.1 percent, with shipments falling from 10.3 million to 10.1 million and its market share dropping from 12.1 percent to 11.6 percent.
 
Acer also saw a decline of 3.7 percent thanks to shipment drops from 8.9 million units to 8.6 million. Its market share fell from 10.5 percent to 9.9 percent, putting it in fourth position.
 
Asus saw high year-on-year growth of 22 percent for the first quarter, with shipments up from 4.3 million to 5.3 million. Its market share increased from 5.1 percent to six percent.
 
"PC market growth remained limited in the first quarter as HDD supply and other factors limited demand," said Loren Loverde, VP of Worldwide Consumer Device Trackers at IDC. "Nevertheless, history has shown that periods of slower growth are followed by recovery as improving technologies make replacements as well as new purchases increasingly compelling. As a result, we expect PC shipments to pick up significantly by the fourth quarter and beyond as HDD supply and pricing are normalized, Windows 8 is launched, and replacements pick up.”