PC shipments continue downward trend with 11% drop in Q2

By on July 11, 2013, 2:45 PM
idc, gartner, market share, pc shipments

PC shipments continued their downward trend during the second quarter of the year according to the latest data from two leading market research firms. Specifically, IDC estimated that unit sales dropped 11.4%, while Gartner put the decline at 10.9%. Both blamed the drop on the same reasons we’ve been hearing for a while now: people are opting for touch-based tablets and smartphones rather than PCs.

Gartner says inexpensive tablets are displacing low-end computers in "mature" markets such as the US, while in emerging markets they are also growing fast and at best least causing people to defer the purchase of a PC. IDC seconds that notion, saying consumers can get their Internet fix from inexpensive mobile devices, while also pointing out that the release of Windows 8 has done little to revive interest in desktop computing.

In terms of marketshare per manufacturer, both research firms both put Lenovo at 16.7% globally, which is less than a percentage point more than HP and enough to claim the top spot in the April - June period. The Chinese firm is still outpacing rivals, but growth is slowing down and actually slipped into negative territory this quarter. Dell, Acer and Asus rounded out the top five list and all three continued to see a decline in sales.

When it comes to the US market specifically, HP and Dell are still leading the race, with roughly 25% and 24% share each. Apple is a distant third with ~11.5% market share followed by Lenovo at ~10% and either Toshiba or Acer in fifth, depending on who you ask. Things are not looking good for the latter with the biggest year-on-year shipment decline at over 32% globally and a drop of almost 20% in the US.

Gartner: Preliminary worldwide PC vendor unit shipment estimates fo 2Q13

Company 2Q13 shipped 2Q13 market share 2Q12 shipped 2Q12 market share Growth
Lenovo 12,677,265 16.7% 12,755,068 14.9% -0.6%
HP 12,402,887 16.3% 13,028,822 15.3% -4.8%
Dell 8,984,634 11.8% 9,349,212 11.0% -3.9%
Acer 6,305,000 8.3% 9,743,663 11.4% -35.3%
Asus 4,590,071 6.0% 5,772,043 6.8% -20.5%
Others 31,041,130 40,8 34,675,824 40.6% -10.5%
Total 76,000,986 100% 85,324,591 100% -10.9%

IDC: Top 5 vendors, worldwide PC shipments, second quarter 2013 (preliminary)

Company 2Q13 shipped 2Q13 market share 2Q12 shipped 2Q12 market share Growth
Lenovo 12,619,000 16.7% 12,802,000 15.0% -1.4%
HP 12,378,000 16.4% 13,414,000 15.7% -7.7%
Dell 9,230,000 12.2% 9,633,000 11.3% -4.2%
Acer 6,226,000 8.2% 9,241,000 10.8% -32.6%
Asus 4,590,000 6.1% 5,820,000 6.8% -21.1%
Others 30,589,000 40.4% 34,464,000 40.4% -11.2%
Total 75,632,000 100% 85,374,000 100% -11.4%

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1 person liked this | Guest said:

Stampede of PC gamers coming in 3,2,1....

2 people like this | amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Hey, its the truth. There will always be PC Enthusiasts like me but todays Thin Clients (both all in one monitor and mini-units) have i3 + type power and strong GPU performance in something the size of a cracker box or smaller.

The world is changing.

PC's will still be around, just in a different form.

Guest said:

I still recall when many of the old dinosaurs and gamers here all said tablets were a fad...

treeski treeski said:

For the reports, what is the definition of "PC"? Will Windows based tablets be included or no?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I still recall when many of the old dinosaurs and gamers here all said tablets were a fad...

They are a fad, they're not called phones yet.

For the reports, what is the definition of "PC"? Will Windows based tablets be included or no?

Technically anything that is used for personal computing is a PC. Phones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks, and desktops all are used for personal computing. Before long they will have wrist watches out, that will do the same and more as the 80's PC. The fact that you can actually carry it with you everywhere, makes it even more personal.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

I still recall when many of the old dinosaurs and gamers here all said tablets were a fad...

hmm... still could be a fad. I dont think it is, but it's still possible. Who said it wasnt still a fad at this point?

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

If Microsoft would just lower the price on tablets and hybrid laptop/tablet to where everyone could buy one then PC sales would soar! So if they just want to be where it is then just have to live with the facts that sales are down and cheaper tablets are being purchased more that runs another OS.

Again Microsoft doesn't think outside the box just think everything is the same as it always has been. Hello wake-up from your dream of Windows everywhere it's the two A's taking over the market share. Big M lost out. But you can make it happen again reduce those prices get the rest on board otherwise nothing going to move.

I think you all should reduce prices like you did in 2012 selling desktops dual and quad for less $400 bucks. Lets make it happen people get these tablets, laptops and desktop out of here. Do whatever it takes to get it done. We can take a loss but let those number of sales climb off the charts..

But this is only a dream... :p

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

For the reports, what is the definition of "PC"? Will Windows based tablets be included or no?

Honestly, by looking at the definition of a PC, I couldnt see why phones, tablets, macs, and computers running linux arent considered PCs. If I'm missing something, point me in the right direction.

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Honestly, by looking at the definition of a PC, I couldnt see why phones, tablets, macs, and computers running linux arent considered PCs. If I'm missing something, point me in the right direction.

I agree. The problem is that the word "PC" has become synonymous with machines running some form of windows.

2 people like this | alcarin2030 alcarin2030 said:

No one takes into account that most people already have a PC at home. Why would PC sales go up if you can just buy a tablet on the run and have your PC at home?

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

No surprise here. Wake me when the first OEMs start dropping out.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

If Microsoft would just lower the price on tablets and hybrid laptop/tablet to where everyone could buy one then PC sales would soar! So if they just want to be where it is then just have to live with the facts that sales are down and cheaper tablets are being purchased more that runs another OS.

Again Microsoft doesn't think outside the box just think everything is the same as it always has been. Hello wake-up from your dream of Windows everywhere it's the two A's taking over the market share. Big M lost out. But you can make it happen again reduce those prices get the rest on board otherwise nothing going to move.

I think you all should reduce prices like you did in 2012 selling desktops dual and quad for less $400 bucks. Lets make it happen people get these tablets, laptops and desktop out of here. Do whatever it takes to get it done. We can take a loss but let those number of sales climb off the charts..

But this is only a dream... :p

Seems like everyone here is poor or homeless...I'll wake you up when you come out of your dream state.

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Seems like everyone here is poor or homeless...I'll wake you up when you come out of your dream state.

Loool.

1 person liked this | treeski treeski said:

Technically anything that is used for personal computing is a PC. Phones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks, and desktops all are used for personal computing. Before long they will have wrist watches out, that will do the same and more as the 80's PC. The fact that you can actually carry it with you everywhere, makes it even more personal.

Completely true... but I'm guessing what's technically true isn't what IDC thinks is true :P

1 person liked this | treeski treeski said:

No one takes into account that most people already have a PC at home. Why would PC sales go up if you can just buy a tablet on the run and have your PC at home?

Very true. My dad has a desktop that shipped in 2006 (Maybe 2005? It shipped with XP but with a free upgrade to Vista. Don't worry, it's running 7 now.), that still performs all web browsing, office and basic game that he needs. I assume there are many cases like this.

bexwhitt said:

Probably would be much less without the dogs dinner that is windows 8

1 person liked this | Spykezxp Spykezxp said:

Just throwing in my 2 cents. Desktop/Laptop computers are lasting longer with having better hardware inside of them. Most people that look to buy a "PC", try to buy one that will last many years. If a "PC" can continue doing what most consumers want it to do, why would they buy something new? The average consumer will keep using their computer until it ultimately fails on them, then they will spend money to get it fixed versus buying something new. Yes we will have enthusiasts (like myself) that do not buy computers but build their own and constantly looking to "make it better/faster". But from all the articles I have read on this subject, and you can correct me if I am wrong, we are not included on the statistics. I'd like to see stats on computer hardware sales and see if it is on the same decline as "PC" sales.

Guest said:

2Q13 market share

16.7+16.3+11.8+8.3+6+40.8=99.9 not 100

treetops treetops said:

Pretty much every household has a pc, its called a smart phone

avoidz avoidz said:

Pretty much every household has a pc, its called a smart phone

Must make it a lot easier to do all your office, graphics, CAD and high-end gaming on having a mobile PC like that.

treetops treetops said:

Must make it a lot easier to do all your office, graphics, CAD and high-end gaming on having a mobile PC like that.

90%+ people just look at fb or surf the web

jeffz6 said:

No one takes into account that most people already have a PC at home. Why would PC sales go up if you can just buy a tablet on the run and have your PC at home?

Spot on! Problem is there is no innovation these days in the software market. Its been small and little steps these days. Not the huge leaps it was some years ago...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I still recall when many of the old dinosaurs and gamers here all said tablets were a fad...
They are a fad. That said, you could barely count the number of hula hoops they sold.

So there you have it. Tablets are the "hula hoop" of computers.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That said, you could barely count the number of hula hoops they sold.
Don't dis the Hula Hoop, they only died out because of so few that actually figured out how to use them. lol

I on the other hand could only use them as an artificial halo. I lost my Hula Hoop and I've not had a halo since.

Everyone should have an artificial halo, even Obama has one. (y)

2 people like this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I still recall when many of the old dinosaurs and gamers here all said tablets were a fad...

And I can recall the days when many people were calling the PC a fad. I also recall people calling the internet a fad. Remember, most new technologies start out as a fad.

Guest said:

What is wrong with you people?

PC in this article is meant as desktop sold at retail. Like Alienware and shit like that. AND NOT sold motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, etc.!

Zoltan Head said:

Pretty much every household has a pc, its called a smart phone

Pretty much every household has a pc, its called a PC?!

Nobina Nobina said:

One of the reason PC shipments are going downwards is because today (almost) everyone ownes a PC and there is no need to buy a PC if you already have one. Only if you want to upgrade, but only hardcore gamers do that.

1 person liked this | Railman said:

I'm not a hardcore gamer but I will be building a new PC shortly.

Gamesinner said:

Another factor is PC hardware is quickly hitting the wall. We're not seeing the speed and tech gains we once did. So there's no need to upgrade every two years anymore. Couple that with the use of smart phones and tablets and you get a sales decline. There will always be a place for the PC though. Have you ever tried to type a report on a smart phone or tablet? There's still looks of things you can only do efficiently on a PC.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Another factor is PC hardware is quickly hitting the wall.
It's not hardware hitting this wall you mention. It's software usage not needing higher end hardware, that is allowing phones and tablets to catchup. So its not a hardware wall, it's peoples needs/desires are being met with less than what PC hardware is capable of.

The days of PC as we know them are numbered because people don't want to continue placing a 4 cubic foot box on or under their desk. Just think within the next 10 years 4K gaming will be available from an ITX small form factor case. After this achievement, I couldn't imagine the average home owner needing a 4 cubic foot computer case on their desk. The fact that gamers are pushing the envelope, requiring a large case will only go so far. Eventually the small form factor concept will win, dictating how much space is acceptable for personal computing. All of this made possible because of users needs being met with computing power, we had at our disposal yesterday.

Railman said:

An ITX factor PC is still a PC. That kind of form factor could become more popular both in commerce and home, partly because office desks are getting smaller and new homes being so compact. Ironically monitors are getting larger often in multiple with the demise of CRT technology. However I suspect there will be a market for ATX form factor due to the adaptability it allows. Just how many add on cards can install on an ITX board?

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

I believe PCs are still a decent thing to invest in, but I also like having the portability of a tablet and laptop. This is no longer the age where people stay home, this is an age where people are on the go. Moms, dads, and kids are not just sitting around the house anymore. Things have to be instantaneous now. It amazes me what they do with technology now. I do not believe tablets are a fad. Is that why businesses invest in these or is that just my imagination?

1 person liked this | Nobina Nobina said:

This is no longer the age where people stay home, this is an age where people are on the go. Moms, dads, and kids are not just sitting around the house anymore.

I think it's completly the opposite. People that have tablets were on the go before tables existed, and before modern technology more people were active and less fat.

distantreality said:

Maybe they should make better high end pc's at lower cost you goto bestbuy all you find are mediocre machines

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

I think it's completly the opposite. People that have tablets were on the go before tables existed, and before modern technology more people were active and less fat.

Hmm. You make a point.

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