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Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 6.9 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2013

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment decline.

"Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs for tablets."

HP and Lenovo have been virtually neck and neck for the top global position in the PC market throughout 2013. Lenovo took the lead in the fourth quarter, as it did last quarter, accounting for 18.1 percent of global PC shipments. Lenovo's victory over the top position became apparent in 4Q13. Lenovo showed strong growth in all regions, except Asia/Pacific, where China continued to be a problematic country for the company. HP experienced a shipments decline of 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter. U.S. and Latin America were two regions where HP could not increase its shipments, and it experienced a steeper decline compared with the regional average (see Table 1).

                             
Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q13 (Units)

4Q13

4Q13 Market 4Q12 4Q12 Market 4Q13-4Q12
Company      

Shipments

      Share (%)       Shipments       Share (%)       Growth (%)
Lenovo 14,932,408 18.1 14,005,093 15.8 6.6
HP 13,592,600 16.4 14,642,581 16.5 -7.2
Dell 9,773,821 11.8 9,205,892 10.4 6.2
Acer Group 6,474,738 7.8 7,703,752 8.7 -16.0
ASUS 5,399,000 6.5 6,661,483 7.5 -19.0
Others 32,461,044 39.3 36,509,123 41.1 -11.1
Total       82,633,610       100.0       88,727,923       100.0       -6.9
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels.
Source: Gartner (January 2014)
 

Dell continued to maintain the third position and accounted for 11.8 percent of the market. With the completion of the leveraged buyout, Dell has redefined its strategic focus onto its PC and device businesses. Dell's focus is now beyond its traditional strength in the professional PC market; its focus is now also on consumer PCs, particularly in emerging markets.

Acer and Asus's ranking remained unchanged compared with a year ago. Both companies have more focus on tablets, and their fourth-quarter results clearly proved their strategic focus. Ms. Kitagawa said Acer has established a strong position in the Chromebook market, while Asus has built a solid reputation as a tablet vendor. PCs are still strategic products for both companies, but share gain is not the top priority for them.

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 15.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 7.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012 (see Table 2). Despite a 10.3 percent decline in shipments, HP continued to be the No. 1 vendor in the U.S., as it accounted for 26.5 percent of shipments.

"Holiday sales of technology products were strong in the U.S. market, but consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items," said Ms. Kitagawa. "We think that the U.S. PC market has bottomed out. A variety of new form factors, such as hybrid notebooks, drew holiday shoppers' attention, but the market size was very small at the time. Lowering the price point of thin and light products started encouraging the PC replacement and potentially some PC growth in 2014."

                             
Table 2
Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q13 (Units)

4Q13

4Q13 Market 4Q12 4Q12 Market 4Q13-4Q12

Company

     

Shipments

      Share (%)       Shipments       Share (%)       Growth (%)
HP 4,179,305 26.5 4,657,342 27.3 -10.3
Dell 3,601,776 22.8 3,355,152 19.7 7.4
Apple 2,168,212 13.7 1,687,881 9.9 28.5
Lenovo 1,525,848 9.7 1,473,907 8.6 3.5
Toshiba 1,142,782 7.2 1,326,665 7.8 -13.9
Others 3,177,562 20.1 4,567,432 26.8 -30.4
Total       15,795,486       100.0       17,068,378       100.0       -7.5
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels.
Source: Gartner (January 2014)
 

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 25.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.7 percent decline from the same period last year. However, the decline was less steep than the last seven quarters. All areas of the region — Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa — showed a shipment decline. Shipments in Eastern Europe were driven by the professional segment, as companies had to finalize IT spending for the year. Consumers replaced PCs only on a needed basis, as many new form factors had limited availability or were priced about the average vs. traditional notebooks. Tablets, especially Android-based, were a popular holiday present and average selling prices (ASPs) for them continued to decline and attract consumer spending.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 26.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 9.8 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012. Buyers did not place a priority on PC purchases, preferring to spend on alternative devices such as smartphones. Some continued to delay their purchases of a PC as their requirements, such as entertainment and information access, can be addressed by other devices, such as tablets.

For the year, PC shipments were 315.9 million units, a 10 percent decline from 2012 (see Table 3). This is the worst decline in PC market history, equal to the shipment level in 2009. Lenovo took over the top spot in the global PC market, accounting for 16.9 percent of the market. HP moved into the second spot after experiencing shipment decline of 9.3 percent.

                             
Table 3
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2013 (Units)

2013

2013 Market 2012 2012 Market 2013-2012
Company      

Shipments

      Share (%)       Shipments       Share (%)       Growth (%)
Lenovo 53,272,522 16.9 52,187,653 14.9 2.1
HP 51,252,229 16.2 56,505,757 16.1 -9.3
Dell 36,788,285 11.6 37,611,247 10.7 -2.2
Acer Group 25,689,496 8.1 35,745,401 10.2 -28.1
Asus 20,030,837 6.3 24,339,951 6.9 -17.7
Others 128,934,147 40.8 144,669,689 41.2 -10.9
Grand Total       315,967,516       100.0       351,059,698       100.0       -10.0
Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels.
Source: Gartner (January 2014)
 

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

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 in more than 13,000 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, USA, and has 5,800 associates, including more than 1,450 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

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