Gartner: Q4 Global PC Shipments Slide 1.4 Percent, Flat for 2011 Overall

HP’s Q4 PC shipments dip 16 percent but vendor retains top spot for period and year. Low consumer demand blamed for sluggish industry performance.

January 14, 2012

D.H. Kass

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Shipments of personal computers worldwide slid 1.4 percent to 92.1 million for the fourth quarter 2011 when compared to the same period last year, according to data compiled by researcher Gartner Inc.

For the overall year, vendor shipments increased slightly by .5 percent from 352.8 million to 350.9 million, Gartner said.

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s PC shipments fell more than 16 percent for Q4 2011 as confusion over whether the company would retain its PC business and aggressive pricing by its competitors hampered its unit shipment performance.

Gartner, which blamed the downturn on low consumer demand for PCs that could not be alleviated by business sales, said that the results were in line with its prior forecast of a 1 percent decline in global PC shipments for Q4 2011.

“Continuously low consumer PC demand resulted in weak holiday PC shipments,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner principal analyst. “The healthy professional PC market as well as growth in emerging markets could not compensate for the weaknesses in mature markets, with overall growth still negative,” she said.

HP shipped 14.7 million PCs during Q4 2011 for a 16 percent share of the market and the leadership position, according to Gartner’s data. Lenovo with 12.9 million PCs shipped for the period took over second place from Acer at 14 percent of the market.

Dell’s 11.6 million units shipped accounted for 12.6 percent of the segment for third place, followed by Acer Group and ASUS.

Lenovo posted the strongest growth among the top five vendors, growing its PC shipments by 23 percent year-over-year. For the year, Lenovo snagged second place from Dell at 13 percent of the market. Gartner attributed Lenovo’s growth to aggressive pricing in both the professional and consumer markets.

In the U.S., PC shipments for Q4 2011 fell by 5.9 percent to 17.9 million units when compared with the same quarter last year. PC shipments in EMEA totaled 28.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 9.6 percent decline from the same period in 2010 for the region’s fourth declining quarter in a row.

In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments totaled 30.4 million units, an 8.5 percent increase from Q4 2010 but below Gartner’s forecast of 10.6 percent growth. PC shipments in Japan declined 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 3.9 million units but exceeding Gartner’s projection of an 8 percent decline.

The PC market in Latin America grew 11.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, as shipments reached 9.3 million units, Gartner said.

Gartner’s data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, and mini-notebooks but not media tablets.

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