PC shipments fell less than expected in Q1, IDC says

Netbooks helped to prop up the market, though concerns about reduced corporate spending linger

PC shipments declined less than expected in the first quarter, propped up by consumers' continuing interest in low-cost netbooks, IDC said in a report Wednesday.

The quarter saw Hewlett-Packard surpass Dell as the number one PC vendor in the U.S. HP's shipments climbed 12 percent from the same quarter last year, while Dell's slipped by 16 percent, worse than any other vendor. HP also led the pack in worldwide sales, IDC said.

PC shipments worldwide, including desktop and notebook PCs, totalled 63.4 million in the quarter. That was down 7.1 percent from the first quarter last year, but better than IDC's forecast of an 8.2 percent decline.

While concerns about the recession continue to weigh on commercial spending, "PC demand has nevertheless remained somewhat resilient compared to the last downturn," IDC said. Falling prices, fueled in part by increased netbook sales, helped minimize the contraction, it said.

The survey was published a day after Intel CEO Paul Otellini said PC sales had bottomed out during the first quarter, and that demand was returning to "normal seasonal patterns." Intel still didn't provide a forecast for the coming quarters, however, citing the economic uncertainty.

After some PC makers have reported several consecutive quarters of falling shipments, many saw their numbers improve in the first three months of this year. Worldwide, HP, Acer and Toshiba all reported growth in shipments, of 3 percent, 7 percent and 11.6 percent respectively. Worldwide shipments at Dell slipped almost 17 percent, while Lenovo's fell 8 percent.

The worldwide ranking stayed unchanged from last year, with HP at the top, followed by Dell, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba.

In the U.S., HP had a very good quarter, with shipments up 12 percent. Acer and Toshiba also did well, while shipments at Dell and Apple both declined. The U.S. ranking had HP on top, followed by Dell, Acer, Apple and Toshiba. Apple's share of unit shipments was 7.6 percent, IDC said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IDCdesktop pcsnetbookspc shipments

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?