Re­gional PC ship­ments slide in sec­ond quar­ter

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By SHEN JINGTING shen­jingt­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Per­sonal com­puter ship­ments in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion de­clined 0.5 per­cent year-onyear to just over 40 mil­lion units in the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, af­ter the re­gion was af­fected by slow ship­ments in China, ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued by re­search firm Canalys. China ac­counted for al­most 45 per­cent of Asia-Pa­cific ship­ments, down about 6 per­cent year- on- year in the sec­ond quar­ter, the re­port said. Canalys in­cludes desk­tops, note­books and tablets in the PC cat­e­gory.

Over­all, the global PC mar­ket saw a quar­ter with no growth, af­ter a 42.9 per­cent in­crease in tablet ship­ments was off­set by de­clines in desk­top and note­book ship­ments, which fell 7.4 per­cent and 13.9 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Ap­ple Inc still leads the global PC mar­ket but has lost ground to Len­ovo Group Ltd. The Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany topped the list by ship­ping 18.6 mil­lion PCs dur­ing the pe­riod, but its shares fell more than 2 per­cent­age points to 17.1 per­cent be­cause of lower iPad ship­ments.

Desk­top and note­book ship­ments ac­counted for only about 20 per­cent of Ap­ple’s to­tal PC ship­ments, Canalys said.

Sec­ond-placed Len­ovo had a strong quar­ter, gain­ing share in its core note­book and desk­top cat­e­gories, as well as tablets. Len­ovo’s share rose to 12.9 per­cent from 12.1 per­cent in the same pe­riod last year.

Len­ovo’s good per­for­mance in the sec­ond quar­ter was helped by strong an­nual growth in var­i­ous re­gions ex­cept for its do­mes­tic mar­ket. Its PC ship­ments al­most dou­bled in Latin Amer­ica and achieved 34 per­cent growth in Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa. The com­pany also shipped about 1.5 mil­lion tablets dur­ing the pe­riod, Canalys said.

“Len­ovo is on an up­ward curve with its tablets, ex­pand­ing in the Chi­nese main­land and Latin Amer­ica, where there is lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion from the likes of Google or Ama­zon,” said James Wang, an an­a­lyst with Canalys.

A Bloomberg re­port said on Wed­nes­day that Len­ovo plans to open seven more flag­ship stores in China by 2016 to ac­cel­er­ate its push into smart­phones and tablets. Chen Xudong, pres­i­dent of China op­er­a­tions for the ThinkPad maker, said the re­tail out­lets would be com­pany-owned and are planned for Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Shen­zhen and Guangzhou.

“As we ex­pand our busi­ness into smart­phones, tablets and smart TVs, that re­quires a lot of store­front to show the prod­ucts,” Chen said in an in­ter­view with Bloomberg. “It’s not just a point of sales, it’s a place for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the prod­ucts.”

In ad­di­tion to the com­pa­ny­owned out­lets, the num­ber of part­ner-owned shops ex­clu­sively sell­ing all Len­ovo prod­ucts will ex­pand to 300 in the next three years from about 100 now, the Bloomberg re­port added.

Hewlett- Packard Co was listed as the third-big­gest PC ven­dor in the quar­ter, with ship­ments of 12.7 mil­lion units world­wide.

LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Ap­ple Inc led the global PC mar­ket with a ship­ment of 18.6 mil­lion com­put­ers in the sec­ond quar­ter of the year, but its global share slid to 17.1 per­cent.

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