Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the First Quarter of 2013 Drop to Lowest Levels Since Second Quarter of 2009

  Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the First Quarter of 2013 Drop to
  Lowest Levels Since Second Quarter of 2009

  All Regions Experienced a Decline in PC Shipments in First Quarter of 2013

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- April 10, 2013

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of
2013, a 11.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2012, according to
preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Global PC shipments went below 80 million
units for the first time since the second quarter of 2009. All regions showed
a decrease in shipments, with the EMEA region experiencing the steepest
decline.

"In the first quarter of 2013, it was the fourth consecutive quarter that
showed a drop in worldwide PC shipments," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal
analyst at Gartner. "Consumers are migrating content consumption from PCs to
other connected devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Even emerging
markets, where PC penetration is low, are not expected to be a strong growth
area for PC vendors.

"Unlike the consumer PC segment, the professional PC market, which accounts
for about half of overall PC shipments, has seen growth, driven by continuing
PC refreshes. Despite the fact that some regions already passed the peak of PC
refresh, overall professional PC demand continued to grow."

HP and Lenovo were in a virtual tie for the top position in the first quarter
of 2013 (see Table 1). HP had a very challenging quarter, as it recorded its
worst shipment decline since the acquisition of Compaq in 2003. HP's consumer
business negatively affected its overall shipment volume, but its professional
business was also under attack by competitors.

                                                         
Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q13 (Units)
                                1Q13                      1Q12       1Q12-1Q13
Company       1Q13         Market   1Q12         Market   Growth
                 Shipments      Share      Shipments      Share      (%)
                                (%)                       (%)
HP               11,687,778     14.8       15,301,906     17.2       -23.6
Lenovo           11,666,400     14.7       11,652,664     13.1       0.1
Dell             8,734,892      11.0       9,838,121      11.0       -11.2
Acer             6,843,184      8.6        9,582,046      10.9       -29.3
Group
Asus             5,360,470      6.8        5,552,329      6.2        -3.5
Others           34,914,286     44.1       37,170,712     41.7       -6.1
Total         79,207,010   100.0    89,197,778   100.0    -11.2
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks
but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (April 2013)
                                                                     

Lenovo's worldwide PC shipments were flat compared with a year ago. While its
shipment growth rate exceeded the overall industry average, it was Lenovo's
slowest growth since the first quarter of 2009. The slowdown was attributed to
a shipment decline in Asia/Pacific, where more than 50 percent of Lenovo's PCs
were shipped.

Dell also had a challenging quarter, registering a shipment decline in all
regions except Japan. In Gartner's preliminary view, Dell's shipment growth in
Japan was boosted by moderate demand, driven by a corporate refresh. Dell's
discussions about a possible leveraged buyout impacted shipments, as
competitors aggressively attacked Dell's position in the professional market.

In the U.S. market, PC shipments totaled 14.2 million units in the first
quarter of 2013, a 9.6 percent decline from the first quarter of 2012 (see
Table 2). It marked a record of six consecutive quarters of shipment declines.

"Although the overall economy had some upward momentum, it did not help buoy
PC growth, suggesting the economic recovery is having little impact on PC
market conditions," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Similar to other mature markets, the
U.S. will see the installed base of consumer PCs decrease going forward. This
is because many of these systems will not be replaced with PCs; they will be
displaced by other devices, or simply retired."

Apple and Lenovo were the only vendors among the top five in the U.S. to
experience PC shipment growth in the first quarter of 2013. HP held onto the
top position, accounting for 24.2 percent of PC shipments in the U.S.;
however, its shipments declined 23.3 percent from the first quarter of 2012.

                                                         
Table 2
Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q13 (Units)
                                1Q13                      1Q12       1Q13-1Q12
Company       1Q13         Market   1Q12         Market   Growth
                 Shipments      Share      Shipments      Share      (%)
                                (%)                       (%)
HP               3,447,894      24.2       4,493,572      28.5       -23.3
Dell             2,956,661      20.8       3,459,925      22.0       -14.5
Apple            1,650,012      11.6       1,535,951      9.8        7.4
Toshiba          1,278,883      9.0        1,349,900      8.6        -5.3
Lenovo           1,265,902      8.9        1,112,582      7.1        13.8
Others           3,623,468      25.5       3,788,927      24.1       -4.4
Total         14,222,820   100.0    15,740,856   100.0    -9.6
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks
but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (April 2013)
                                                                     

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 23.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013,
a 16 percent decline from the same period last year. It was the third
consecutive quarter of declining shipments, and it was the steepest decline
for the region since Gartner began tracking the region. Ongoing economic
uncertainties in Southern European countries resulted in lower spending in
those markets. Similar to other regions, consumers' interest continues to
focus on smartphones and tablets, rather than PCs.

In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments totaled 27.6 million units in the first quarter
of 2013, a 10.3 percent decline from the first quarter of 2012. This region
also experienced its strongest decline since Gartner began tracking PC
shipments. Asia/Pacific buyers remained cautious in spending amid a fragile
economic environment. Both China and India experienced year-over-year shipment
declines.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to
clients of Gartner's PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This
program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market,
allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to
keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.
Additional research can be found on Gartner's Computing Hardware section on
Gartner's website at
http://www.gartner.com/it/products/research/asset_129157_2395.jsp.

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