PC Shipments Down in Q4 2013, Lenovo Gains Ground

The International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that PC shipments took a 5.6 percent dive in the fourth quarter of 2013, with only 82.2 million units sold. For the full year, unit shipments declined 10 percent from 2012, a record drop due to changes in mobility and personal computing. Commercial purchases helped prevent a larger decline while the consumer side remained weak.

"With shipments totaling 17.1 million PCs in 4Q13, the U.S. market contracted by -1.6 percent from the same quarter a year ago," the report states. "Consumers continued to take a wait-and-see approach, leading to delayed purchases. The migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 and 8 continued to drive some momentum in the enterprise sector and once again businesses fared better than consumers."

According to the report, Lenovo was the worldwide leader in the fourth quarter, owning 18.6 percent of the PC market. Hewlett Packard came in second with a 16.8 percent market share, down 8.5 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Dell ranked as third with a 12.2 percent market share, Acer in fourth with 6.7 percent and Asus with 6.1 percent.

In the United States, Hewlett Packard was in the lead with 24.6 percent of the local market share, down 12.3 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Dell came in second with 21.7 percent, and saw a 6.6 percent growth year over year. Lenovo also saw growth with a 9.8 percent market share and a 10.8 percent year over year growth. Apple came in fourth place followed by Toshiba.

"The PC market again came in very close to expectations, but unfortunately failed to significantly change the trajectory of growth," said Loren Loverde, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers. "Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending. Although U.S. growth slipped a little in the fourth quarter, other regions all improved, reinforcing our view that growth rates will continue to improve gradually during 2014 despite remaining in negative territory."

In year over year numbers, Lenovo still led the global pack, owning 17.1 percent of the market and growing 2.7 percent compared to 2012. Hewlett Packard came in second with 16.6 percent, followed by Dell, Acer and Asus. The only PC vendor that grew in 2013 was Lenovo. Acer saw the biggest year-over-year drop: 28.5 percent.

On a local scale, HP came in first followed by Dell, Apple, Lenovo and Toshiba. Lenovo saw the most growth while Hewlett Packard declined 9.4 percent compared to 2012.

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On a related note, Lenovo's huge lineup of new products at CES may be a sign of its success.

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  • dgingeri
    I don't even plan on upgrading mine for at least another year, and I used to have an annual upgrade cycle tied to my tax return. I got more than enough to outfit a whole new PC from my tax return, but I have no reason whatsoever to upgrade anything now. My Core i7 3930k and dual GTX680s are enough to last through another year, at least. None of the new hardware has any significant performance advantage over what I have, and none of the software I run even pushing my current system close to capacity. When Intel comes out with something significantly faster, I may consider an upgrade. Right now, the last 3 generations have had no significant increase in performance.
  • rantoc
    Weak upgrades performance wise from intel and on top of that the garbage Windows 8... its a wonder the market havent stagnated completelly...
  • spartanmk2
    PC shipments are always going to be "down" as long as there are smartphones and phablets.