Worldwide PC shipments decline 5.2% in Q1
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 5.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.
“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 Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
“However, this decline is not necessarily a sign of sluggish overall PC sales in the long term. Mobile PCs, including notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets, grew compared with a year ago.
The first-quarter results support our projection of a moderate decline of PC shipments in 2015, which will lead to a slow, consistent growth stage for the next five years, said Gartner.
“Desk- based PC shipments declined rapidly, with business desk-based PCs being impacted the most. Mobile PCs are being driven by a separate underlying replacement cycle, which led mobile growth in the first quarter. PC replacements will be driven by thin and light notebooks with tab- let functionality. Our early study suggests strong growth of hybrid notebooks, especially in mature markets, in first quarter 2015.”
Increased Shipments for
Lenovo and HP
Lenovo and HP were the only two vendors among the top five worldwide that experienced an increase in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2015.
Lenovo experienced its strongest growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa ( EMEA) and the U.S. It has become one of the top providers of hybrid notebooks, especially its Yoga line in mature markets. HP performed moderately well in the first quarter, and it kept its top position in the U.S. and EMEA. HP increased share in the U.S., but in EMEA the share delta from Lenovo, the secondlargest vendor in the region, narrowed compared with fourth quarter in 2014.
For the first time in six quarters, Dell experienced a worldwide PC shipment decline compared with a year ago. Dell was one of the vendors that benefited from replacement purchases due to the end of Windows XP support in 2014, but sales slowed as the replacement cycle faded, accord-
ing to Gartner.
US PC Shipments Total 13.9
In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 13.9 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 1.3 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014. This was the first shipment decline in the U.S. after four consecutive quarters of shipment growth in 2014.
“The first-quarter results are not a sign doom for the U.S. market,” Kitagawa said. “The biggest reason for the decline of PC shipments in the U.S. was attributed to the desktop market, which experienced a double-digit decline. This was primarily due to the end of the Windows XP replacement cycle. In contrast, mobile PC shipments in the U.S. continued to show year-over-year growth, and early results show this segment could have grown approximately 10 percent in the first quarter of 2015.”
HP extended its lead in the U.S. market, as it accounted for 26.1 percent of shipments. Lenovo and Asus showed the strongest growth among the top five vendors in the U.S., with shipment increases of 13.5 and 10.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015.