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China's Lenovo outdone by HP in market share in Q2

13 July 2017

Despite the slump, some 60 million shipments are still being made per quarter, meaning over 650,000 PCs are switched on for the first time every day.

PC SHIPMENTS for the second quarter of 2017 fell to the lowest level since 2007, according to analyst outfit Gartner.

Gartner Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa, said, "Higher PC prices due to the impact of component shortages for DRAM, solid state drives (SSDs) and LCD panels had a pronounced negative impact on PC demand in the second quarter of 2017".

"Becoming number one in market share was not an explicit objective", Ron Coughlin, president of HP's global personal systems business told The Wall Street Journal.

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In Q1 Patently Apple reported that Apple came in fourth spot in PC shipments narrowly beating out Asus and a new IDC report published this afternoon shows that nothing has changed for Apple in Q2 despite launching updated Macs in early June. Gartner said Lenovo shipments shrank 8.4 percent with declines in all key regions.

But despite losing its top spot in terms of sales, a spokesperson for Gartner said that Lenovo won't be too concerned as it makes "a strategic shift from unit share gains to margin protection".

Dell took third place, growing 3.7 percent, according to IDC.

That slump hit Asus hardest, seeing a 40.1% dip in its share of the market last quarter, compared with the same period in 2016. That is despite the USA company's figures being down 0.4 per cent compared to previous year, when the company sold 4.25 million Macs.

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Gartner's figures for second quarter shipments are all preliminary and subject to revision after the PC makers publicly release their actual numbers.

Meanwhile, the worldwide PC market suffered a decrease in the total number of shipments for the 11th consecutive quarter, and it dropped by 4.3 percent to 61.1m in Q2. IDC's rankings, however, are the same as Gartner, with the top five spots held by HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple and Asus, respectively.

However, while Apple only dipped slightly in the worldwide picture (by 0.4%), Tim Cook's firm dropped majorly over in the U.S. with a 9.6% decline in shipment numbers year-on-year.

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China's Lenovo outdone by HP in market share in Q2