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Amid Declining PC Sales, Lenovo Ousts HP as Leading PC Supplier

While PC shipments continued to fall off a cliff, declining about 11 percent for the second quarter, there was a changing of the guard as well. Lenovo has ousted HP as the leading global PC supplier in terms of units shipped, according to both Gartner and IDC. However in the U.S., Lenovo has a long way to go before catching up with HP and Dell, even though it made significant strides at all of its rivals' expense.

In terms of worldwide shipments, Lenovo hit the top spot with a 16.7 percent share of the market, according to both market researchers. HP had a 16.3 percent share according to Gartner, while IDC said it had a 16.4 percent share. Dell's share was 11.8 percent and 12.2 percent respectively, the firms said. Asus came in a distant fifth place falling 21.1 percent, according to IDC and 20.5 percent, according to Gartner. Falling the hardest was Acer with a 32.6 decline, IDC reported.

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q13 (Units)

Company 2Q13 Shipments 2Q13 Market Share (%) 2Q12 Shipments 2Q12 Market Share (%) 2Q12-2Q13 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 Group 6,305,000 8.3 9,743,663 11.4 -35.3
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

Source: Gartner

Although Lenovo is a distant fourth in the U.S. (behind HP, Dell and Apple), it showed dramatic growth while everyone but Dell saw their shipments decline in the country. IDC said shipments of Lenovo PCs in the U.S. increased 19.6 percent during the quarter, compared to the same period last year. Dell rose 5.8 percent, while HP's declined 4.1 percent.

Among Redmond magazine readers, Dell PCs are the most widely procured systems, followed by HP and Lenovo. According to 1,157 respondents to the Redmond Magazine Readership Study, 45 percent said Dell is their preferred PC provider, with 29 percent choosing HP and 10 percent selecting Lenovo. One percent chose both Acer and Asus, while 13 percent said they have no preference.

When it comes to PCs, it's hard to find discernible differences in pricing these days thanks to commoditization. Do you see any measurable differences among vendors in terms of design, reliability, support or other factors that may push one supplier over the top?


Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/15/2013 at 1:15 PM


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