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Gartner: PC shipments grew by 13.4% in 2007

Posted: 21 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC shipment  PC market growth  Hewlett Packard 

Preliminary figured by Gartner Inc. showed that worldwide PC shipments increased by 13.4 per cent last year to reach 27.12 crore. The industry ended the year with Q4 PC shipments of 7.59 crore units, a 13.1 per cent increase from the 6.71 crore units shipped in the same quarter of 2006.

Rival industry tracker IDC also released preliminary results that indicate shipments in Q4 2007 fared even better, increasing 15.5 per cent to 7.74 crore units, up from 6.7 crore the previous year. IDC reported that 26.9 crore PCs were shipped in 2007, for annual growth of 14.3 per cent.

Both market firms see Hewlett Packard as the big winner in 2007, putting the group at the top with slightly different market shares. Both Gartner and IDC say the next four positions are taken by, respectively, Dell Inc, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba.

Again the market shares are slightly different. Gartner says HP shipped 49,400 units in 2007 for an 18.2 per cent share, compared with Dell, which shipped 38,700 machines for a 14.3 per cent share.

HP was in a virtual tie with Dell for the No. 1 position worldwide in 2006, according to Gartner. Acer had 8.9 per cent share for its third place in 2007 up from 7.6 per cent last time, followed by Lenovo with a 7.4 per cent share and Toshiba with 4 per cent.

Gartner's figures indicate that while Dell's PC shipments grew just 1.7 per cent in 2007 due in part to the company's reorganisation, there are signs of a recovery at the end of the year as Dell registered positive y-on-y growth for two consecutive quarters.

In Q4 2007, Dell's worldwide PC shipments grew 17 per cent, as its market share reached 14.5 per cent. The U.S. PC market grew 5.3 per cent in 2007 with shipments reaching 6.42 crore units, which Gartner says was better than anticipated, with shipments in Q4 totaling 1.7 crore units, a 7.2 per cent increase from Q4 of 2006.

Regional market
"The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region continued to be the largest PC market in 2007, helped by robust Eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner's client computing markets group. "Asia/Pacific took over as the second largest PC market during Q4. 2007 showed a clear indication of the worldwide PC market landscape: strong growth in emerging regions such as Asia/Pacific and slower growth in markets such as the United States."

PC shipments in EMEA reached 9.2 crore units in 2007, a 14.7 per cent increase from 2006. PC shipments in Q4 totaled 2.88 crore units, a 12.5 per cent increase from the same time the year before. The fourth quarter of the year saw continued growth in notebooks, but desk-based PC growth was weaker than expected for many vendors.

In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments totaled 7.07 crore units in 2007, an 18.7 per cent increase from 2006. In the fourth quarter, PC shipments reached 1.86 crore units, an 18.3 per cent increase from the same quarter in 2006.

Over at IDC, Loren Loverde, director of the group's PC Tracker operation, said, "Despite Q4 strength, projections for the next couple years anticipate slower growth. Rising concerns about economic growth are likely to reduce expectations further, although we're still likely to see double digit growth through 2008 and probably 2009."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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