HP rises again to be the world’s top PC maker as Len­ovo slips

HP ex­celled in North Amer­ica, which was de­ci­sive in help­ing it beat Len­ovo. Agam Shah re­ports

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It was an­other tough quar­ter for PC ship­ments, but there was good news for HP, which edged Len­ovo to re­gain the ti­tle of world top’s PC maker, ac­cord­ing to IDC.

World­wide PC ship­ments to­talled 60.3 mil­lion units in the first quar­ter of 2017, grow­ing by just 0.6 per­cent com­pared to the same quar­ter the pre­vi­ous year.

IDC pre­vi­ously fore­cast a de­cline of 1.8 per­cent in PC ship­ments, so the pos­i­tive growth was a sign the PC mar­ket is re­cov­er­ing. Quar­terly PC ship­ments re­ported pos­i­tive growth for the first time since the first quar­ter of 2012.

Len­ovo pre­vi­ously beat HP for the ti­tle of the world’s top maker in 2013 and has mostly held the po­si­tion since then. HP re­gained the top spot this quar­ter boosted by strong lap­top ship­ments world­wide. Now the ques­tion re­mains can HP hold the num­ber one spot. A sep­a­rate sur­vey re­leased by Gart­ner put Len­ovo as the world’s top PC maker. The num­bers of IDC and Gart­ner don’t match as the two firms mea­sure PC ship­ments in dif­fer­ent ways. For ex­am­ple, Gart­ner does not ac­count for Chrome­book ship­ments in its sur­vey.

Ac­cord­ing to Gart­ner, world­wide PC ship­ments to­talled 62.2 mil­lion units for the first quar­ter, down by 2.4 per­cent.

Nev­er­the­less, the an­a­lyst firms agreed that PC ship­ments were held back by ris­ing prices, which hap­pened due to a short­age of NAND and DRAM. Prices of th­ese com­po­nents are ex­pected to rise even more in the com­ing quar­ters, which could af­fect PC prices.

But the ris­ing prices shouldn’t stop PC ship­ments from pick­ing up later this year. Busi­nesses are ex­pected to up­grade to the lat­est PCs, and they tend to spend more on lap­tops and desk­tops.

Len­ovo took a beat­ing in North Amer­ica, which is the main rea­son it lost the top po­si­tion in IDC’s sur­vey. HP did well in the re­gion. PC ship­ments re­bounded in Europe, while Asia-Pa­cific was soft.

HP has cut many low-priced PCs while fo­cus­ing on high-end PCs and premium de­signs. Len­ovo has come up with in­no­va­tive PCs like Yoga, but its home mar­ket of China was weak.

Ac­cord­ing to IDC, HP’s world­wide ship­ments to­talled 13.1 mil­lion units, grow­ing by 13.1 per­cent year-over-year, for a 21.8 per­cent mar­ket share. Len­ovo’s ship­ments to­talled 12.3 mil­lion, grow­ing by just 1.7 per­cent.

In third place was Dell; its ship­ments went up by 6.2 per­cent to 9.6 mil­lion. Fourth-placed Ap­ple’s ship­ments grew by 4.1 per­cent to 4.2 mil­lion. In close fifth was Acer, with ship­ments to­talling 4.1 mil­lion.

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