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Microsoft is nearing the release of its Windows 10 operating system, which is expected to debut by the end of summer. Typically a new Windows launch would mean a spike in PC sales, and while that may still be the case, the new OS isn't likely to be a cure-all for what's become a stagnant market. Instead, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by 6.2 percent in 2015. If that comes to pass, it will represent the fourth consecutive quarter of sagging PC sales. Market research firm IDC blames the continuing decline on ongoing competition from tablets and smartphones, while also citing "generally... Read more...
Remember when tablets were supposed to render the PC market obsolete? Yeah, that may have been a slight overreaction by analysts to an emerging category that grew quickly due to the initial excitement, but now that the dust has settled, we can see just how unfounded those fears were. After all, another 68.5 million PCs were shipped and added to the tally in the first quarter of 2015 alone, with Lenovo leading the way. Sure, that represents 6.7 percent year-over-year decline in shipments, but we're still talking about tens of millions of PCs in a single quarter, 14.2 million of which landed in the... Read more...
Don't tell Lenovo the PC market is in a slump. The OEM apparently hasn't gotten the memo, and as they say, ignorance is bliss. In this case, it's also quite lucrative. Lenovo this week announced record full-year sales of $34 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year, and record earnings of $635 million, up more than a third compared to last year. Lenovo's record-setting behavior didn't stop there. It's fourth fiscal quarter revenues grew 4 percent to $7.8 billion. What makes those numbers even more remarkable is that the industry average among PC makers was a 13 percent year-over-year decline. This... Read more...
No other country shipped more PCs last year than China, which propelled it ahead of the United States to take pole position for the first time ever on an annual basis, according to data provided IHS iSuppli. China shipped 69 million computers, edging out the U.S. by 3 million units. Interestingly, IHS iSuppli says China's market was equally split between desktop and notebook shipments, one of several "distinct characteristics" that set the region apart in the computer space. "The equal share of shipments for desktops and notebooks in China is unusual, since consumers in most regions today tend... Read more...
PC sales are slumping in a big way and there's plenty of blame to go around. Before get into that, let's have a look at how bad things really are. According to new data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), global PC shipments totaled just 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down nearly 14 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, and nearly twice as bad as IDC's previous forecast of a 7.7 percent decline. That represents the worst year-on-year contraction since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly almost two decades ago. It's the same old story of tablets... Read more...
Research firm Gartner isn't saying the sky is falling on the PC industry, but it does note that worldwide PC shipments totaled just 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, representing a decline of 0.1 percent from one year prior. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that Q2 marked the seventh consecutive quarter of flat to-single-digit growth. "Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Despite the high expectations... Read more...
Three months ago, Gartner was predicting that worldwide PC shipments would reach 368 million units by the end of the year (not including tablet PCs), and more than 400 million in 2013. That projection worked out to a 4.4 percent growth rate in 2012. And now? According to GeekWire, Gartner is lowering its projected growth rate to just 0.9 percent for the year, a downward adjustment of 3.5 percent. Gartner hasn't made its new projection public yet, but GeekWire claims that a Wall Street analyst has seen the new numbers and posted them in a note to investors over the weekend. Image Source: Flickr... Read more...
After nine months of looking at Acer's backside, Dell has moved back up the ranks in the global PC market and has retaken the No. 2 spot, according to market research firm iSuppli. Dell was able to capitalize on a "sales setback" that affected Acer during the second quarter of 2010, putting the OEM in the runner-up position behind market leader Hewlett-Packard (HP). "With its product line heavily focused on mobile PCs, Acer's sequential decline in notebook shipments impacted its position at the total PC level more than its competitors, which were able to draw on the upswing in deskop shipments... Read more...
Dude, your getting a... HP? That's right, for the first time in three years Hewlett-Packard has passed Dell in world PC shipments. As Yahoo! News reports, HP's computer shipments have jumped 15% from a year ago, while Dell has only gained 4% in total shipments. From questionable deals to battery recalls, both companies have had their share of problems in the last year. Nevertheless, both companies are still doing well, and you can bet Dell will be working hard to regain the top spot in world PC sales. "It marks the first time... Read more...