Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the Second Quarter of 2013 Declined 10.9 Percent

  Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the Second Quarter of 2013 Declined
  10.9 Percent

    PC Industry Continues to Shrink as the Installed Base Restructures to
            Accommodate Tablets as the Primary Consumption Device

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 10, 2013

Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of
2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to
preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter
of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC
market’s history.

All regions showed a decline compared to a year ago. The fall in the
Asia/Pacific PC market continued, showing five consecutive quarters of the
shipment decline, while the EMEA PC market registered two consecutive quarters
of double-digit decline.

“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking
installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines
used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” said Mikako
Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In emerging markets, inexpensive
tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best
are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse
of the mini notebook market.”

HP and Lenovo's neck-and-neck competition continued. This time, Lenovo was
back in the top position by only a small difference in share (see Table 1).
Lenovo showed mixed regional results, as it experienced strong growth in the
Americas and EMEA, while showing a major decline in Asia/Pacific. Weakness in
China was most likely the contributor of Lenovo’s shipment decline in the
region as the majority of Lenovo’s volume came from China.

While HP was slightly behind Lenovo, HP is a market leader in key regions
including the U.S., EMEA and Latin America. Asia/Pacific has been a weakness
the last three years for HP, but preliminary second quarter results suggest an
improvement of their performance in the region.

Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)
               2Q13              2Q13          2Q12              2Q12          2Q12-2Q13
                                               Market                                        Market
Company        Shipments         Share         Shipments         Share         Growth
                                               (%)                                           (%)                  (%)
Lenovo                12,677,265               16.7                 12,755,068               14.9                 -0.6
HP                    12,402,887               16.3                 13,028,822               15.3                 -4.8
Dell                  8,984,634                11.8                 9,349,171                11.0                 -3.9
Acer                  6,305,000                8.3                  9,743,663                11.4                 -35.3
Group
ASUS                  4,590,071                6.0                  5,772,043                6.8                  -20.5
Others                31,041,130               40.8                 34,675,824               40.6                 -10.5
Total          76,000,986        100.0         85,324,591        100.0         -10.9

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks
but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (July 2013)

Dell’s shipments declined compared to a year ago, but its 2Q13 results showed
a smaller decline than the past several quarters. Dell showed good growth in
the U.S. and Japan, but struggled to increase shipments in Asia/Pacific and
EMEA. Both Acer and ASUS showed steep declines compared to the second quarter
last year. The decline was partly affected by their strategies to exit the
mini-notebook market.

“While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s
decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained
decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance,” Ms.
Kitagawa said.

In the U.S. market, PC shipments totaled 15 million units in the second
quarter of 2013, a 1.4 percent decline from the second quarter of 2012 (see
Table 2). This decline was less than the past seven quarters, and the market
grew 8.5 percent sequentially.

“Our preliminary results indicate that this reduced market decline was
attributed to solid growth in the professional market,” Ms. Kitagawa said.
“Three of the major professional PC suppliers, HP, Dell and Lenovo, all
registered better than U.S. average growth rate. The end of Windows XP support
potentially drove the remaining PC refresh in the U.S. professional market.”

Table 2
Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)
               2Q13              2Q13          2Q12              2Q12          2Q12-2Q13
                                               Market                                        Market
Company        Shipments         Share         Shipments         Share         Growth
                                               (%)                                           (%)                  (%)
HP                    3,957,761                26.4                 3,976,041                26.2                 -0.5
Dell                  3,681,725                24.6                 3,458,736                22.8                 6.4
Apple                 1,740,500                11.6                 1,818,959                12.0                 -4.3
Lenovo                1,515,562                10.1                 1,266,109                8.3                  19.7
Toshiba               848,984                  5.7                  1,006,900                6.6                  -15.7
Others                3,230,717                21.6                 3,659,220                24.1                 -11.7
Total          14,975,249        100.0         15,185,965        100.0         -1.4

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks
but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (July 2013)

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 21.3 million units in the second quarter of 2013,
a 16.8 percent decline from the same period last year. The challenging
economic environment continues to mute general spending in the consumer
markets. Shipments in Eastern Europe also remained low as consumers are
looking mainly for Android-based tablets. The second quarter is also typically
a quiet quarter for business buyers in the region.

In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments surpassed 26.8 million units in the second
quarter of 2013, an 11.5 percent decline from the first quarter of 2012. All
country markets across the region showed weakness, but India performed
slightly better due to a state PC tender fulfillment. China’s PC shipment
remained weak as the consumer market was hampered with lack of new demand
generation programs, such as subsidized PC program in the rural cities.

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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