According to a recently released Gartner’s quarterly market research, replacement PC purchases remained the key engine of growth for the industry in the Q2 2004, demonstrating solid year-over-year increase of more than 10%.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 43 million units in the second quarter of 2004, a 13.3% percent increase over the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner.
“The professional market is crucial to the second quarter’s overall results. While early software and storage segment results have shown some weakness relative to industry expectations, the professional PC market was on track,” said Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.
Preliminary worldwide PC vendor unit shipments estimates for Q2 2004
Shipments in Q2 2004 (thousands of unit)
Q2 2004 market share
Shipments in Q2 2003 (thousands of unit)
Q2 2003 market share
On a regional basis, the
All countries in the Asia/Pacific region, with the exception of
Preliminary Latin American PC shipment results for the second quarter of 2004, show the region experienced a year-on-year shipment increase of more than 25%. The consumer segment continued to grow in the region as desktop prices, particularly for generic machines, continued to decline.
Dell Still No.1
On a vendor basis, Dell retained its top position in both the worldwide and US PC markets in the second quarter of 2004. Dell experienced double-digit growth across all regions. Due to the typical second-quarter performance, Dell’s corporate and public sector business grew relatively faster than the home market.
HP’s worldwide year-on-year growth was slightly above industry average, as it showed the strongest growth in Asia/Pacific, including
Other top computer makers also demonstrated growing sales of PCs, including desktops, notebooks and 32-bit servers.