China overtakes the US to become the largest PC market

By on August 24, 2011, 8:30 AM

For the first time China has surpassed the United States in terms of total PC shipments during the second quarter of 2011. The final results from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker show that 18.5 million PCs were sold in China during the last quarter, overtaking the U.S. market where approximately 17.7 million units were sold in the same period.

China accounted for 22% of the PCs sold worldwide, with an impressive 14 percent quarter on quarter growth. The opposite happened in the U.S. where PC sales fell 4.2 percent in part due to the weak economy.

According to projections ran by the IDC, they don't expect China to overtake the U.S. in annual sales this year due to back to school shopping and holiday sales that will likely boost U.S. sales figures. The switch is expected to take place as soon as 2012 when the difference will become far wider between the two countries. The forecast indicates that a staggering 85.2 million PCs will be sold in China next year versus 76.6 million units in the U.S.

"China's lead in the PC market is a huge shift that reflects the rising fortunes of emerging markets as well as the relative stagnation of more mature regions," said Loren Loverde, Program Vice President, Worldwide PC Tracker. "While the immediate economic circumstances in the US and other markets had a significant impact on the timing of China's move to the lead, they have not changed the trend, but accelerated it."

Although this trend had become clear a long time ago, the timing of the report coincides with HP's announcement about leaving the PC market, further reminding us of Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's PC Division in 2005. The investment is paying dividends as the Chinese manufacturer recently surpassed Acer to become the third-largest PC maker with 12% market share worldwide.

IDC's PC Tracker counts as PCs all desktops, laptops and netbooks sold. It doesn't account for smartphones, servers, or tablets like the Apple iPad.




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Cota Cota said:

he is summoning a demon with the computer from hell!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Let's see. 1.3 billion people vs. 300 million. Huh...imagine them buying more PC's!

Guest said:

It'd be nice if they could also count people who built their own computer, by tracking the tower sales, in with this info and put a footnote to say the % that were tower sales (assuming you buy a tower and everything else to make a pc, instead of just buying towers.)

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I guess WoW gold farming is becoming a lucrative business.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yeah, with more than a billion people, no shit Sherlock.

What I'm more surprised at, is at the fact it took them this long to overtake the American market.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

lawfer said:

Yeah, with more than a billion people, no shit Sherlock.

What I'm more surprised at, is at the fact it took them this long to overtake the American market.

Haha, I was thinking the same thing!

SammyJames said:

lawfer said:

Yeah, with more than a billion people, no shit Sherlock.

What I'm more surprised at, is at the fact it took them this long to overtake the American market.

Well, to be fair -- sure, China has about 1.3 billion. On the other hand, roughly 250,000,000 of those are truly living the American dream in China. The rest live on about a buck a week or something ridiculous like that.

And on the OTHER other hand, sure -- they ought to be able to overtake EVERY market on the planet.

They build ALL of the PCs in the world. Shipping is free in Shanghai!

Guest said:

It's funny how American's say that it's all because of the fact that they have 1.3 billion people, yet with 1001 other things they like to claim to be the best country in something, but totally ignoring the fact that they are way bigger with 310 million than any European country. Hypocrites...sigh

Guest said:

PC ... wasn't it "The 30 year-old Technology ?"

Surprise it still survive !

nestorius said:

In other news, Microsoft reported it had licensed 3 copy's of Windows 7 in China during this same period of time.

Guest said:

What OS did the Chinese use in place of Windows-7?

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