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Appeared on: Thursday, July 14, 2011
PC Market Returns to Positive Growth

Worldwide PC shipments increased 2.6% in the second quarter of 2011 (2Q11), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

The results are just short of IDC's May projections for 2.9% growth and represent a combination of a hangover from the more than 20% growth in the first half of 2010 as well as competition from smartphones, other consumer products and pressure from lackluster economic conditions. As in 1Q11, the United States and Western Europe were among the weaker regions, reflecting constrained demand in more mature markets, while emerging regions - particularly Latin America and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) - fared better.

"These preliminary results continue to reflect pressure from competing consumer and business products as well as cautious spending," said Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. "Nevertheless, product refreshes and promotions in the second half of the year as well as easier year-ago data should boost growth in the second half of the year."

"The U.S. PC market continued to contract in 2Q11, largely as a result of three factors. The first is an ongoing contraction in the Mini Notebook (Netbook) market and related inventories. The second is the impact of 2Q10's difficult-to-sustain 12% growth. And third, demand has softened as corporate buyers continue to focus on increasing share of their IT budget in new IT solutions such as cloud and virtualization, and consumer interest shifts to media tablets," says Rajani Singh, research analyst, United States Quarterly PC Tracker. "Given the weakness of 2H10, we expect a better market environment in 2H11 with mid-single digit growth rates in the third quarter's back to school and fourth quarter's holiday season.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Second Quarter 2011 (Preliminary)
(Units Shipments are in thousands)
Rank Vendor 2Q11

Shipments
Market

Share
2Q10

Shipments
Market

Share
2Q11/2Q10

Growth
1 HP 15,263 18.1% 14,823 18.0% 3.0%
2 Dell 10,927 12.9% 10,626 12.9% 2.8%
3 Lenovo 10,276 12.2% 8,363 10.2% 22.9%
4 Acer Group 9,160 10.9% 10,190 12.4% -10.1%
5 ASUS 4,468 5.3% 4,216 5.1% 6.0%


Others 34,320 40.7% 34,070 41.4% 0.7%


All Vendors 84,413 100.0% 82,289 100.0% 2.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, July 13, 2011

Top 5 Vendors, United States PC Shipments, Second Quarter 2011 (Preliminary)
(Units Shipments are in thousands)

Rank Vendor 2Q11

Shipments
Market

Share
2Q10

Shipments
Market

Share
2Q11/2Q10

Growth
1 HP 4,692 26.3% 4,721 25.3% -0.6%
2 Dell 3,959 22.2% 4,408 23.7% -10.2%
3 Apple 1,917 10.7% 1,671 9.0% 14.7%
4 Toshiba 1,617 9.1% 1,560 8.4% 3.7%
5 Acer Group 1,513 8.5% 2,028 10.9% -25.4%


Others 4,159 23.3% 4,243 22.8% -2.0%


All Vendors 17,857 100.0% 18,632 100.0% -4.2%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, July 13, 2011



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