Acer Becomes World’s Second Largest Maker of PCs as Market Growth Slightly

PC Market Up 2.3%, Acer Leaves Dell Behind

by Anton Shilov
10/14/2009 | 10:11 PM

Despite of rather gloomy predictions early this year, global PC shipments rose 2.3% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2009, according to IDC's worldwide quarterly PC tracker. Portable PCs continue to account for the majority of volume and growth, with netbooks are still making a substantial contribution. What is noteworthy is that Acer, the largest supplier of netbooks, is now the world’s No. 2 PC maker with 1.3% market share lead over Dell.


"Despite the ongoing mix of gloom and caution on the economic front, the PC market continues to rebound quickly. The competitive landscape, the transition to portables, new and low-power designs, growth in retail and consumer segments, and the impact of falling prices are all reflected in the gains by HP and Acer, as well as overall market growth," said Loren Loverde, program director for IDC's tracker program.

The increase is an important continuation of recovery from year-on-year declines of 6.8% in the first quarter and 2.4% in the second quarter of this year. Seeing market growth ahead of the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7 bodes very well for the fourth quarter and next year. All regions except Japan either met or surpassed expectations.

All top PC vendors, except Dell, recorded sales gains worldwide: