updated 05:27 pm EDT, Wed October 10, 2012
PC shipments down 8.6 percent from last year
Even as Lenovo posted high yearly growth and gained on market leader HP, the worldwide PC market saw a sharp decline in the third quarter of this year. This according to analysis firm IDC, which published its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report earlier today. The report found that the PC market's well-established struggles with retaining market share as consumers increasingly opt for mobile devices instead of traditional PCs.
IDC saw the US market shrinking 12.4 percent last quarter, whereas analysts had only expected it to contract about 9.5 percent. IDC believes the consumer segment suffered partly due to potential buyers holding off for PCs running Microsoft's Windows 8, which isn't expected to launch until the end of this month.
Market leader HP shipped 13.9 million units for a 15.9 percent market share, representing a year-over-year drop of 16.4 percent. In the past year, HP has seen its market share drop from 17.4 percent to its current level.
Lenovo snatched up much of the market that HP dropped. Along with Asus, Lenovo was the only major manufacturer to post growth in shipments this quarter, with Lenovo seeing 10.2 percent growth and Asus posting 10 percent growth. Lenovo now holds 15.7 percent of the worldwide PC market, up from 13.1 percent for the same quarter last year and just behind HP. Asus saw its market share jump from six percent last year to 7.3 percent for this past quarter.
Others among the top five manufacturers saw significant declines from 2011 to 2012. Dell shipped 9.5 million units in the quarter, a 14 percent drop from the same quarter for the year previous. Acer saw a less precipitous decline, with its 8.4 million units shipped representing a 9.6 percent decline from the year previous.
Apple's computers accounted for 12.5 percent of the US market, moving 2.1 million units in the quarter. Apple's numbers too, though, represented a decline versus the same quarter last year. Apple shipments were down 7 percent.
In all, the top PC manufacturers moved 87.8 million units in the quarter, according to IDC. That amounts to an 8.6 percent decline over Q3 2011, in which the same companies shipped 96.1 million units.