Gartner report names HP top PC manufacturer



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13 October 2011 | 0

Hewlett Packard has retained its place as the world’s top PC manufacturer, according to a report by Gartner. More interesting, Lenovo passed Dell to become the second-largest worldwide PC vendor.

Global PC shipments hit a total of 91.8 million units in the third quarter of 2011, up 3.2% from the same period last year, according to figures compiled by Gartner. The researcher earlier this year had predicted that shipments will increase 5.1% in the period.

The third quarter growth closely mirrored those of the slow second quarter when about 85.2 million PCs were shipped, just 2.3% more than were shipped in the same period last year. Gartner had earlier predicted that second quarter sales would increase by 6.7%.

Gartner analysts yesterday noted that the PC industry has been unusually lackluster over the past six months.




"The inventory buildup, which slowed growth the last four quarters, mostly cleared out during the third quarter of this year; however, the PC industry has been performing below normal seasonality," said Mikako Kitagawa, a principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. "As expected, back-to-school PC sales were disappointing in mature markets, confirming that the consumer PC market continues to be weak."

Kitagawa also noted that the booming popularity of non-PC devices , like Apple’s iPad tablet and iPhone, as well as Android-based smartphones, have turned consumers’ attention and spending away from PCs.

Top PC maker HP, which in August said it may spin off its PC-manufacturing business, held 17.7% of third-quarter PC market share.

But Lenovo had the best showing of the quarter, replacing Dell as the second-largest PC manufacturer in the world. Gartner analysts largely credited Lenovo’s "aggressive marketing" in the enterprise and consumer markets for the company’s upward movement.

According to Gartner analysts, strengthening competition in the enterprise market pushed Dell’s performance below the industry average in most regions.

Acer Group grabbed the fourth position, while Asus rounded out the top five PC makers.

IDG News Service

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