Asustek edges Acer in global PC vendor rankings: Gartner
Computer Inc. ( ) overtook another Taiwanese company Acer Inc. ( ) in the first quarter of the year, becoming the fourth biggest personal computer vendor in the world, according to market information advisory firm Gartner.
In a report dated April 9, Gartner said that Asustek shipped 5.31 million PCs in the first quarter, accounting for 7.4 percent of the total global shipments. Acer, which was previously ranked fourth in the world, shipped 5.18 million units, 7.2 percent of the total worldwide, and thus slipped to 5th place globally, Gartner said.
However, the two Taiwanese companies saw a year-on-year decline in first-quarter shipments, with Asustek’s dropping 2.9 percent and Acer’s 6.8 percent, the Gartner report showed. In the previous quarter, Acer held the 4th place ranking globally with shipments of 6.79 million units and an 8.1 percent share, while Asustek was in fifth place with shipments of 6.26 million units and a 7.5 percent share, Gartner said.
Meanwhile, International Data Corp. (IDC) issued a report on the same date that conflicted slightly with Gartner’s, as it showed Acer holding a 7.1 percent global market share in the first quarter of 2015, and Asustek with a 7 percent share.
In the Gartner report, Lenovo Group Ltd. ( ) of China remained the world biggest PC vendor in the first quarter, shipping 13.58 million units, up 5.7 percent year-on-year and accounting for 18.9 percent of the world’s total.
U. S.- based Hewlett- Packard Co. (HP) was in second place with shipments of 12.44 million units, which rose 2.5 percent year-onyear and made up 17.3 percent of the world’s total, Gartner said.
It was followed by U.S.-based Dell Corp., which took a 12.6 percent share of the market with shipments of 9.04 million units, down 5.1 percent year-on-year.
Lenovo and HP were the only PC vendors among the top five to record a year-on-year increase in shipments in the first quarter, according to Gartner.
Its report showed that firstquarter global PC shipments fell 5.2 percent from a year earlier to 71.73 million units after a 1 percent year-on-year incease in the fourth quarter of last year.
“The PC industry received a boost in 2014 as many companies replaced their PCs due to the end of Windows XP support, but that replacement cycle faded in the first quarter of 2015,” said Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in the report.
In the IDC rankings, Lenovo, HP and Dell also held the top three positions in the world PC market in the first quarter.
According to IDC, first-quarter global PC shipments fell 6.7 percent year-on-year to 68.49 million units.
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