Indian PC Market on the Mend
By John Ribeiro
Bangalore Bureau - India's PC market grew 5.2 percent in the second quarter over the previous quarter, showing signs of a revival, research firm IDC India said on Wednesday.
"Uncertainty has gone out of the market, and we are seeing the beginnings of a recovery," said Kapil Dev Singh, country manager of IDC India, on Thursday.
The market posted quarter-on-quarter growth also in the first quarter, which suggests that the recovery is definite, Singh added.
Total shipments in the second quarter were 1.77 million PCs as compared to 1.68 million in the previous quarter. Quarter-on-quarter growth was highest in notebooks at 7.2 percent, with growth in desktop shipments up by 4.4 percent.
Overall PC shipments were however far lower than shipments in the same quarter a year ago. Total PC shipments were down in the quarter by 15.3 percent from a year ago.
"We expect solid year-on-year growth only by the third quarter of next year, in line with our earlier forecast," Singh said.
Hewlett-Packard had the largest share of the Indian PC desktop market in the second quarter, 12.7 percent, followed by Indian vendor, HCL Infosystems, and Acer taking third place. HP also had the largest share of the notebook market at 30.9 percent. Dell took the second spot, while Acer had the third largest share of the market.
Consumer, government, and education segments of the market helped drive PC demand in the second quarter, Singh said. While the small and medium enterprises segment responded positively during the quarter, the large and very large enterprises are still waiting for cues of a sustained global economic recovery, IDC said.
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