by Anton Shilov
07/19/2005 | 05:52 PM
IDC market research firm claimed recently that the PC market has seen a yet another quarter of steady growth, which was primarily conditioned by sales of affordable computers in the European markets and mobile computers in well-developed countries.
Worldwide shipments jumped to 16.6% growth in the second quarter, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Low-cost systems and portable adoption continue to be key market drivers, stimulating consumer adoption as well as commercial replacements. EMEA was once again a source of tremendous growth while other regions are also performing well. Worldwide growth was up more than 4% from May forecasts of 12.3%, while growth of 11.7% in the
“This kind of growth in the PC market is just amazing. At some point we expect the flood of consumer and portable demand to let up, but so far falling prices and demand across regions and market segments continues to support growth. Such consistent growth raises the prospect that the recent replacement wave is being supplanted by growing adoption that could sustain higher growth into the future,” said Loren Loverde, director of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.
“While desktop sales remain stimulated by record low prices, notebook adoption in the
Dell has managed to once again demonstrate over 13% year-on-year growth and sustain its leading position on the market. Furthermore, its share increased slightly quarter-over-quarter to 19.3%. Following a relatively slow first quarter performance, the company recaptured momentum with near 50% growth in Asia/Pacific,
HP – International shipment growth of nearly 23% helped HP to maintain its share of the market with worldwide growth of 16.3%. HP saw strong demand in
Lenovo – Lenovo appears to be working through its merger issues fairly well. Worldwide growth of 7.7% for the combined companies was up from a merged 6.8% in the first quarter, and only 2.1% for IBM in Q1 2005. Although year-on-year growth in the
Acer – Acer continues to be very successful throughout EMEA, driving growth of over 65% with low-cost portables and desktops through an extensive distribution channel. The company also saw strong growth in Asia/Pacific and is developing operations in the
Fujitsu/Fujitsu Seimens Computers (FSC) – Fujitsu Seimens continues to develop its European focus. While shipments in
Gateway – A year after its acquisition of eMachines and following distribution agreements with high profile channels, Gateway saw shipments rise by over 26% year on year. The growth is welcome evidence that the eMachines acquisition is bearing fruit and that the company will be ready for consumer, education, and small business sales in the second half of the year. Still, the growth comes after a fairly weak first quarter, and the company will need several quarters of solid growth to regain momentum.
Apple – Apple had another very strong quarter with growth of more than 37%. Growth in retail,
EMEA – Growing competition in the consumer notebook market is increasing attention on low cost systems and fuelling demand. Replacement and consumer activity, as well as investment related to European Union expansion and integration, helped boost overall EMEA growth above 20% after several quarters of growth in the high teens.
Asia/Pacific – Major markets continue to perform well with a notable rise in regional growth. Despite concerns of rising interest rates, oil prices, and efforts to manage the Chinese economy, business investment and consumer interest in low-cost PCs is accelerating the market.