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Worldwide PC shipment declines in second quarter of 2012: Gartner

The worldwide PC shipment has declined by 0.1% to 87,469,273 units during the second quarter of 2012 compared to 87,557,116 units shipped during corresponding quarter in 2011, according to a report by Gartner.

Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in the second quarter of 2012, the PC market suffered through its seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth.

"Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth," Kitagawa said.

"Despite the high expectations for the thin and light notebook segment, Ultrabooks, shipment volume was small and little impact on overall shipment growth."

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"Consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing."

HP was the lead vendor during the period shipping 13 million units, accounting 14.9% of the market, but its global shipments declined 12.1%.

It continued to lead the US PC market, as it accounted for 25% of PC shipments in the country in the second quarter of 2012.

Lenovo followed HP with a shipping volume of 12.8 million units during the quarter recording a growth of 14.9% and a market share of 14.7%, Gartner report revealed.

Acer stood in third place with 11% market share and shipment of 9.6 million units, recording 3.6% growth while Dell’s shipments fell by 11.5% to 9.3 million units, placing it at fourth place.

ASUS was in fifth position with shipment volume of 6.1 million units, but the company recorded highest growth in shipment volume among the vendors.

PC shipments in the US declined by 5.7% year over year, totalling 15.9 million units in the second quarter of 2012 while the shipments in Latin America declined by 1.7% from the second quarter of last year, totalling 9.3 million units this quarter.

Among the top five vendors in the US PC market, all the vendors except Apple reported a decline in shipments.

PC shipments in EMEA totalled 25.1 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 1.9 percent increase from the same period last year.

The Asia/Pacific PC shipment grew 2% to 31.8 million units while the PC shipments in Japan grew 2% to 3.9 million units.
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