Soft PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter Lead to Annual Decline as HP Holds Onto Top Spot, According to IDC

Lenovo outpaced the market with growth of over 8%. Volume reached a new record-high of more than 14 million units, with continued success in channel wins in the U.S. and EMEA. Despite the positive performance, Lenovo's gains remained significantly smaller than several quarters ago when the company was besting market growth by nearly 30%.

Dell continued to lose ground as it faces aggressive competition from other leaders and looks for better margins. Worldwide shipments were down over 20% year over year – faster than declines over the past several years – with U.S. volume declining almost as much. The firm did manage sequential growth in most other markets.

Acer Group, like a few other vendors, remains heavily dependent on consumer spending. As a result, it has continued to suffer as consumers focus on other products. At the same time, Acer's cautious approach to the Windows 8 transition has contributed to slower notebook shipments.

ASUS held onto its top 5 spot globally and stretched the distance between itself and other consumer-focused vendors with growth of 5.6% year on year. The firm racked-up strong gains across many regions, where its often innovative yet price-conscious offerings still managed to take root in spite of an increasingly tough landscape.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Fourth Quarter 2012 (Preliminary)

(Units Shipments are in thousands)

Vendor       4Q12
    4Q12 Market
    4Q11 Market
HP 15,023 16.7% 15,113 15.8% -0.6%
Lenovo 14,105 15.7% 13,040 13.6% 8.2%
Dell 9,482 10.6% 11,967 12.5% -20.8%
Acer Group 6,959 7.8% 9,692 10.1% -28.2%
ASUS 6,467 7.2% 6,126 6.4% 5.6%
Others 37,753 42.0% 39,974 41.7% -5.6%
All Vendors 89,789 100.0% 95,913 100.0% -6.4%

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