PC market in Q4 2014: Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, Apple gain

Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Apple gained PC market share in Q4 2014, said IDC.

The PC market share of Lenovo increased to 19.9 percent in Q4 2013 from 18.5 percent in Q3 2014, while HP grew to 19.7 percent from 16.7 percent, Dell to 13.5 percent from 12.1 percent, Acer to 7.7 percent from 7.3 percent and Apple to 7.1 percent from 5.8 percent.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2014

IDC said worldwide PC shipments declined 2.4 percent to 80.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014.

On an annual basis, 2014 shipments dipped 2.1 percent to 308.6 million units.

Though the U.S. and Europe remained stronger than other markets, growth in these mature regions slowed from earlier in the year.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) rose very slightly as a number of public projects and improving consumer demand helped stabilize the market.

Commercial demand for PCs, which boosted growth earlier in the year, has slowed while consumer demand is coming back, said IDC.

Low-priced systems, including growth of Chromebooks and promotion of Windows 8 + Bing, are fuelling the PC market.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, 2014

Lenovo grew PC shipments in EMEA, expanding channels and capturing consumer holiday demand. The company also outpaced the market in the U.S. – though by a smaller margin – and was closer to market growth in other regions. Shipments reached 16 million units in Q4 2014 with a growth of 4.9 percent, and annual shipments up over 10 percent from last year.

HP shipped 15.9 million units with a growth of more than 15 percent. Strong quarter in the U.S. was a key driver, along with some volume for public projects in Asia/Pacific and Africa.

Dell shipped over 10.8 million PC units growing 8.5 percent in Q4. Most of the growth came from performance in notebooks in the U.S. and APeJ. Rising growth in APeJ also helped offset slowing growth in the U.S. and Europe.

Acer grew its PC shipments by more than 3 percent, in part due to low volume and the success of its Chromebooks and entry-level notebooks. Acer’s recovery in the U.S. and Europe slowed, in part due to higher year ago numbers.

Apple kept the number 5 position, maintaining its lead over ASUS. The company’s growth, along with recent price cuts and improved demand in mature markets, has helped it to outgrow the PC market, said IDC.

Baburajan K
editor@gizmolead.com

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