Worldwide PC shipments decline in first quarter of 2011


Indian consumers were focusing on the Cricket World Cup and preferred to upgrade or purchase new TVs or other home electronics in this quarter. Also, PC shipments in Japan declined 13.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2011.

"Weak demand for consumer PCs was the biggest inhibitor of growth," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Low prices for consumer PCs, which had long stimulated growth, no longer attracted buyers. Instead, consumers turned their attention to media tablets and other consumer electronics. With the launch of the iPad 2 in February, more consumers either switched to buying an alternative device, or simply held back from buying PCs. We're investigating whether this trend is likely to have a long-term effect on the PC market."

HP accounted for 17.6 per cent of worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of 2011 and maintained its No. 1 position. Acer shipments declined 12.2 per cent and Dell reported a shipment decline year-over-year for the first time in six quarters in the first quarter of 2011.

Lenovo continued to price its products very competitively in both the consumer and professional sectors and, as a result, enjoyed the strongest growth among the top five vendors.