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World PC shipments ‘down by 3.9% in Q3 2016’

World PC shipments ‘down by 3.9% in Q3 2016’

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68 million units in the third quarter of 2016, a year-on-year decline of 3.9%, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker reflects competition among the market leaders with a strong race for market leadership between Lenovo and HP.

According to the report the  top 3 PC vendors took just over 58% of the worldwide market in the third quarter, up from 55% a year ago and 51% in 2014.

A Zinox laptop computer made by Nigerian PC maker, Zinox Technologies
A Zinox laptop computer made by Nigerian PC maker, Zinox Technologies

Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers and Forecasting says, “We are very pleased to see some improvement in the market. Industry efforts to update products to leverage new processors and operating systems, to deliver a better computing experience encompassing more mobile, secure, and faster systems, and to accelerate PC replacements have been critical. These improvements are accumulating, and set the stage for a stronger market going forward.”

Highlighting market share of the top 5 PC vendors, IDC says Lenovo’s lead over HP diminished to the smallest margin since Lenovo took the top position in 2013.

Sleek design of Yoga 910 laptop
Sleek design of Yoga 910 laptop

“The recent third quarter of 2016 marked Lenovo’s sixth consecutive year-on-year decline in total shipments, trailing other market leaders who have returned to positive growth,” says the report. However, Lenovo still tops the market in PC shipments.

HP Inc. had a solid quarter with 3.3% growth globally. HP Inc. further consolidated its dominance of the U.S. market, where it grew 5.8% and boosted share to almost 30% for the first time. The company also saw gains in EMEA and Japan.

Dell also had a shipment of 10.7 million units, its second highest quarterly shipment volume since 2011, while Apple shipments continued to decline as the company prepares to refresh its PCs.

ASUS, taking the 5th position, had a shipment increase of over 5.2% in 3Q16.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Third Quarter 2016
Vendor 3Q16 Shipments 3Q16 Market Share 3Q15 Shipments 3Q15 Market Share 3Q16/3Q15 Growth
1. Lenovo 14,511,000 21.3% 14,990,000 21.2% -3.2%
2. HP Inc. 14,392,000 21.2% 13,926,000 19.7% 3.3%
3. Dell 10,751,000 15.8% 10,120,000 14.3% 6.2%
4. Apple 5,014,000 7.4% 5,761,000 8.1% -13.0%
5. ASUS 4,693,000 6.9% 4,460,000 6.3% 5.2%
Others 18,638,000 27.4% 21,480,000 30.4% -13.2%
Total 67,999,000 100.0% 70,737,000 100.0% -3.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, October 11, 2016.

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