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Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Increased 2.3 Percent in Second Quarter of 2011

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>PC Market Is Still in a Period of Adjustment</b></i> </p>

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Increased 2.3 Percent in Second Quarter of 201117:47 EDT Wednesday, July 13, 2011 STAMFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Worldwide PC shipments surpassed 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 2.3 percent increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. These results are below Gartner's earlier projection for 6.7 percent growth. "After strong growth in shipments of consumer PCs for four years, driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low-priced consumer notebooks, the market is shifting to modest, but steady growth, said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “The slow overall growth indicates that the PC market is still in a period of adjustment, which began in the second half of 2010." "Vendor's performances have become variable as they have had to deal with significant inventory buildup, changes to their product mix, and the fact that growth has been coming mostly from emerging markets. Vendors are having to shift resources away from mature consumer markets. They are also invested in developing media tablets, many of which launched in the first half of 2011." HP continued to be the worldwide leader, as it accounted for 17.5 percent of worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011 (see Table 1). The company performed better than average in most regions, but it was pulled down by its performance in Asia/Pacific. Globally, HP achieved solid growth in the professional PC market, but it continued to face challenges in the consumer segment. Table 1Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q11 (Units)Company         2Q11Shipments   2Q11 MarketShare (%)   2Q10Shipments   2Q10 MarketShare (%)   2Q10-2Q11Growth (%) HP         14,888,086   17.5   14,454,971   17.4   3.0 Dell 10,621,436 12.5 10,283,074 12.3 3.3 Lenovo 10,225,358 12.0 8,349,272 10.0 22.5 Acer 9,298,989 10.9 11,689,255 14.0 -20.4 Asus 4,467,611 5.2 4,306,241 5.2 3.7 Toshiba 4,411,400 5.2 4,497,576 5.4 -1.9 Others 31,306,987 36.7 29,732,493 35.7 5.3 Total         85,219,865   100.0   83,312,882   100.0   2.3 Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Final estimates will be subject to change. Source: Gartner (July 2011) Dell moved into second place in the worldwide PC market for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008. Dell did well in Asia/Pacific, where it has invested heavily lately. Professional PC refreshments definitely boosted Dell's growth. Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors, as shipments increased 22.5 percent. Lenovo achieved strong growth in Asia/Pacific, the U.S. and Latin America with both desktop and mobile PCs. Acer dropped from No. 2 to the No. 4 position in the worldwide PC market in the second quarter of 2011. It had a great deal of inventory in the distribution channel in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Acer's problems stemmed from its low-price, high-volume business model, which is no longer effective. In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 16.9 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 5.6 percent decline from the second quarter of 2010. The major inhibitor was clearly a weak consumer PC market. "Given the hype around media tablets such as the iPad, retailers were very conservative in placing orders for PCs. Instead, they wanted to secure space for media tablets. Some PC vendors had to lower their inventory through promotions, while others slimmed their product lines at retailers," Ms. Kitagawa said. "The professional PC sector was the bright spot in the U.S. market," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Large enterprises were in the middle of their refreshment purchase period, which started last year. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) were also at the peak of their refreshment periods. Due to budgetary constraints, the public sector had a slow start in the second quarter of 2011, even though the second quarter is typically a period of high PC sales." Based on preliminary results, Apple showed the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors in the U.S., as it climbed from fifth place to third, overtaking Acer and Toshiba (see Table 2). The preliminary findings show Apple's performance far exceed the industry average, partly driven by an iMac refreshment that attracted both consumers and buyers in the education sector. Table 2Preliminary United States PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q11 (Units)Company         2Q11Shipments   2Q11 MarketShare (%)   2Q10Shipments   2Q10 MarketShare (%)   2Q11-2Q10Growth (%) HP         4,552,777   26.9   4,608,280   25.7   -1.2 Dell 3,821,759 22.6 4,236,303 23.6 -9.8 Apple 1,814,000 10.7 1,671,500 9.3 8.5 Toshiba 1,616,400 9.6 1,565,000 8.7 3.3 Acer 1,570,257 9.3 2,028,284 11.3 -22.6 Others 3,539,666 20.9 3,803,974 21.2 -6.9 Total         16,914,859   100.0   17,913,341   100.0   -5.6 Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablet such as the iPad. Final estimates will be subject to change. Source: Gartner (July 2011) PC shipments in EMEA totaled 23 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 4.8 percent decline from the second quarter of 2010. The consumer PC market in Western Europe remained weak, with consumer confidence weakened by continued economic problems in Southern Europe. The general feedback from retail channels remained pessimistic, especially in most of Southern Europe, with only France and Germany seeing stronger end-of-quarter shipments as channels cleaned out their inventory. In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments reached 30.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 9.6 percent increase from the same period last year. The PC market continued to grow moderately, cushioned from the volatility in other regions. However, individual market performances were mixed, with indications of channel inventory issues and delivery postponements in some Southeast Asian countries. India showed weaker-than-expected consumer demand, while China's PC market grew 10.9 percent year over year. China's growth was attributed to the release of pent-up demand for consumer PCs. The PC market in Latin America grew 15 percent in the second quarter of 2011, as shipments totaled 9.2 million units. Concerns over Brazil's overheating economy are abating with news that the country's gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2011 grew by 1.3 percent. Inflation in May was down from the previous seven months. Able Brazilian PC vendors are trying to expand in response to increased foreign competition. Local vendors are looking to make up for lost growth in their home country by entering foreign markets where multinational PC vendors are unlikely to venture. PC shipments in Japan grew 5.5 percent in the second quarter of 2011, with shipments reaching 3.9 million units. The biggest contributor to growth in the professional market in the second quarter of 2011 was a supply-side factor. Many of the shipments in the second quarter had been postponed from March due to the earthquake and tsunami. In the consumer segment, demand for PCs to replace desktop PCs was the main driver of growth. All-in-one desktops and notebooks with large screens sold well at retail stores. 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 the Computing Hardware section on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/it/products/research/asset_129157_2395.jsp. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,500 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,500 associates, including 1,250 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. GartnerChristy Pettey, 408-468-8312christy.pettey@gartner.com