Analysts: PC sales slump lower than anticipated during first quarter

By on June 21, 2009, 12:33 AM
Global PC shipments declined more than anticipated during this year's first quarter as economic woes caught up with the industry. Research firm iSuppli reported figures that are lower than they've ever recorded. Sales sunk to 66.5 million units in the first quarter of 2009, an 8.1% decrease from 72.3 million in the year ago quarter, and 77.6 million in the closing quarter of 2008. Eating most of the blame, the desktop sector saw a 23% drop in unit sales from 2008’s opening quarter, whereas notebook shipments rose 10%.

Meanwhile, the industry’s top five PC manufacturer list remained unchanged. With a market share of 19.7% and moving 13 million units, HP matched its sales from last year. Dell saw an 18.7% drop in units sold at 8.8 million PCs; the company now holds about 13.2% of the market. The other three positions were held by Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba with market shares of 11.1%, 6.7% and 5.2%, respectively. In terms of growth among the top five OEMs, Toshiba took the cake with shipments rising by 13.5%.

It’s no secret that netbooks are increasingly popular and their sales are expected to reflect such in 2009. iSuppli is predicting that the mini-notebooks will be attributed with 14% of global laptop sales this year – a 5% improvement over 2008.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

As soon as people figure out it's easier (and cheaper) to build and load a PC with their own software than order one from the main-stream companies with all of their proprietary software and hardware - well, they're going to be out of business.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Its already happening, its not effecting the bigger companies much, the economy is in a slump at the moment. I dont think they're suprised at the figures really.

tengeta tengeta said:

Some people are just realizing that these things are nothing but fun and fancy expenses. I've actually had a few people tell me they are getting rid of the internet to save money for now, they simply have higher priorities in life.

NunjaBusiness said:

tengeta said:

I've actually had a few people tell me they are getting rid of the internet to save money for now, they simply have higher priorities in life.


Getting rid of the internet? Sacrilege!

JDoors JDoors said:

Recent storms blew out my old computer so ... I've done my part to "stimulate" the economy!

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