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Q4 PC shipments fall short

by Scott Bicheno on 13 January 2011, 12:14

Tags: Toshiba (TYO:6502), Lenovo, Gartner (NYSE:IT)

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Tough market

It's PC shipment report time again and, according to Gartner, they fell well short of expectations in the final quarter of 2010. A total of 93.5 million units were shipped worldwide in Q4, representing year-on-year growth of 3.1 percent. But Gartner has previously forecast growth of 4.8 percent.

"Overall, holiday PC sales were weak in many key regions due to the intensifying competition in consumer spending. Media tablets, such as the iPad, as well as other consumer electronic devices, such as game consoles, all competed against PCs," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

"The bright side of the PC market during the fourth quarter of 2010 was a steady growth in the professional market driven by replacement purchases. For all 2010, the results indicate the PC market recovered from the recession, as it returned to double-digit growth, compared to low single-digit growth in 2009. However, the PC market will face challenges going forward with more intensified competition among consumer spending."  

A look at the vendor table for Q4 and, below it, the whole year, seems to confirm what we already knew: the Far East is driving growth. The two vendors to register the most growth are Lenovo and Toshiba, who presumably did well in their local markets of China and Japan, respectively. Conversely, Gartner said HP struggles in Asia/Pac, while Apple continues to gain share in the US.


Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q10 (Units)


Company

4Q10 Shipments

4Q10 Market Share (%)

4Q09 Shipments

4Q09 Market Share (%)

4Q10-4Q09 Growth (%)

HP

17,581,525

18.8

17,786,986

19.6

-1.2

Acer Group

11,852,617

12.7

12,075,091

13.3

-1.8

Dell

10,801,225

11.6

10,395,288

11.5

3.9

Lenovo

9,481,565

10.1

7,809,357

8.6

21.4

Toshiba

5,346,700

5.7

4,768,306

5.3

12.1

Others

38,416,677

41.1

37,816,171

41.7

1.6

Total

93,480,310

100.0

90,651,199

100.0

3.1

 
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2010 (Units)


Company

2010 Shipments

2010 Market Share (%)

2009 Shipments

2009 Market Share (%)

2010-2009 Growth (%)

HP

62,768,547

17.9

58,942,530

19.1

6.5

Acer Group

45,265,678

12.9

39,783,933

12.9

13.8

Dell

42,123,680

12.0

37,353,774

12.1

12.8

Lenovo

33,965,812

9.7

24,735,404

8.0

37.3

Toshiba

19,011,752

5.4

15,499,805

5.0

22.7

Others

147,768,653

42.1

132,026,226

42.8

11.9

Total

350,904,121

100.0

308,341,673

100.0

13.8

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablet such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (January 2011)

 



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