Lenovo Makes Good on Promise to Skip Ahead of Dell in PC Market

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News Posted: Wed, Nov 30 2011 3:44 PM
Lenovo talked a big game about how it was going to leapfrog ahead of Dell in the global PC market to become the world's second largest PC brand, and lo and behold, the company backed up its bravado with a strong third quarter. According to figures by market research firm IHS iSuppli, Lenovo's PC shipments in the third quarter rose to 12.5 million units, a 14.5 percent gain over the 10.9 million PCs it shipped in the second quarter.

No small feat, Lenovo's remarkable Q3 growth outpaced the PC market as a whole in convincing fashion, which only grew 5.5 percent during the same period. But more importantly, it put Lenovo in second place where it can now focus on usurping Hewlett-Packard for the No. 1 spot.

"Lenovo continues to capitalize on strong demand for PCs in its home market of China," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute platforms research for IHS. "While PC sales in the United States, Europe and many other regions are suffering because of weak economic conditions and rising competition from media tablets, desktop and notebook sales remain red hot in China. This is allowing Lenovo to outgrow its U.S. rivals—and putting it in position to contend with HP for market leadership."

According to IHS iSuppli's data, Lenovo now holds a 13.9 percent share of the global PC market, trailing only HP with an even 18 percent share. Dell, meanwhile, is the third largest PC brand in the world with a 12.5 percent, followed by Acer (10.5 percent), Asus (6.6 percent), and all others combined (38.6 percent).
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LLeCompte replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 3:48 PM

Lenovo really does make good stuff. Dell's computers havent been the best in recent years. Now their ultra sharp monitors are awesome ( i just did an exchange to get a new one under my warranty and it went pretty smooth). But thats just my experience. Dell really needs to come up with something new if it wants to stay relevant in the computer department.

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"The impact that sales in China is having on Lenovo is great, but on this side of the World, Lenovo is also everywhere. I see their advertisements very often and I always hear great things about them, so its kind off no surprise to read about this news."

"But to take over HP's position, that's a great challenge, not sure if they could do it in 2012."

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 5:07 PM

This is not surprising in the least bit. Levono has very good reputation everywhere and their machines seem to be quality premo stuff and it's no wonder why they leapfrogged Dell...

Taking over the position of HP is going to be a considerable challenge but I have no doubt they can do it in the face of HP's recent troubles.


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No surprise there. Dell must have been having quality control issues the past few years, the quality of their computers lately has been poor. I was wondering what took this so long to happen. Unless HP has another PR debacle like they had this year with their "we're not making PCs anymore...wait, actually we still are" episode, Lenovo will be firmly in spot #2 for another year at least.

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omegadraco replied on Wed, Nov 30 2011 10:05 PM

I am not really surprised. With all the potential market they have available to them in China their numbers are bound to be high. What is Q4 looking to be like for them... I agree with everyone I don't see them taking HP out of the number one spot anytime soon.

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Manduh replied on Thu, Dec 1 2011 12:20 AM

With all of HP's flip-flopping lately I wouldn't be surprised if Lenovo does take the 1st place spot.

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