Windows 8 fails to lift the PC market in Q4

PC shipments also fell in the fourth quarter due to a challenging economy and the growing adoption of tablets and smartphones

By , IDG News Service |  

Hewlett-Packard was the top PC vendor worldwide, and the company's shipments stabilized after a few quarters of precipitous drops as the company was dealing with instability in its PC division. HP shipped 15 million PC units, a drop of 0.6 percent from the same quarter last year, and a 16.7 percent market share. During the third quarter, HP's PC shipments dropped by 16.4 percent year over year.

In second place was Lenovo, which maintained positive momentum in PC shipments along with fifth-placed Asustek. Lenovo shipped 14.1 million units, growing by 8.2 percent, with a market share of 15.7 percent. Outside its home market of China, Lenovo won new business in U.S. and the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, which helped the company, IDC said.

Dell was in third place, with shipments totaling 9.5 million units, a drop of 20.8 percent year over year, and a quarterly market share of 10.6 percent. Acer was in fourth place, with shipments totaling close to 7 million units, a drop of 28.2 percent. Asus' shipments grew by 5.6 percent year over year to 6.5 million units.

Dell's and Acer's shipments fell in the wake of growing competition, while Asus won share with its innovative designs and price-conscious laptops, IDC said.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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