PC shipment declines by 1.7% in Q1 2014, Gartner says

PC shipment declines by 1.7% in Q1 2014, Gartner says

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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.7 percent decline from the first quarter of 2013 figure of 77.9 million units, Gartner has said in a preliminary result of the worldwide PC vendor unit shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2014.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Gartner”]The result shows that Lenovo shipped 12,907,344 units, followed closely by HP with12,248,274 units. Dell shipped 9,541,231 units, Acer Group 5,564,358 units, Asus 5,310,000 units while other manufacturers together shipped 31,001,926 units, resulting in a total PC shipments of 76,573,135 units.[/blockquote]

“The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments,” Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems. Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter. Among key countries, Japan was greatly affected by the end of XP support, registering a 35 percent year-over-year increase in PC shipments. The growth was also boosted by sales tax change. We expect the impact of XP migration worldwide to continue throughout 2014.”

“While the PC market remains weak, it is showing signs of improvement compared to last year. The PC professional market generally improved in regions such as EMEA. The U.S. saw the gradual recovery of PC spending as the impact of tablets faded.” Ms. Kitagawa said.

According to Gartner, Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top five vendors. Its shipments grew 10.9 percent, extending its position as the worldwide leader. The company’s shipments grew in all regions except Asia/Pacific, where growth in China has been problematic.Overall, the China market again slowed, in part due to the long holiday in the middle of the quarter.

The result shows that Lenovo shipped 12,907,344 units, followed closely by HP with12,248,274 units. Dell shipped 9,541,231 units, Acer Group 5,564,358 units, Asus 5,310,000 units while other manufacturers together shipped 31,001,926 units, resulting in a total PC shipments of 76,573,135 units.

Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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