PC Shipments Down; Dell Again Sinks, Acer Soars

Worldwide PC shipments fell 5% in the second quarter but Dell’s PC shipments declined by a whopping 17%.

According to the folks at market researcher Gartner, worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2009 was 68.149 million units compared to 71.741 million in the same quarter of last year.

Although in retreat, the PC market performed better than Gartner’s prediction last month of a 9.8% decline.

Boosted by sales of its low-cost PCs, Acer shipments grew 34% year-over-year to 9.196 million units. Acer tied (almost) with Dell for the second spot in the global PC business.

HP took the top spot with 13.371 million unit, up 2.8% year-over-year.

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Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said:

In the first quarter of 2009, inventory re-stocking played a major role in shipment growth, but this was less of a factor in the second quarter. Though the market was still in decline, the better than expected results can be interpreted as a small sign of a PC market recovery in terms of shipment volumes in some regions. PC shipments in Asia/Pacific and the U.S. were better than our expectation, while shipments in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region indicated on-ongoing weakness.

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3 Responses to "PC Shipments Down; Dell Again Sinks, Acer Soars"

  1. monnu   July 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    34% up during recession !
    great job.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yes, Acer is doing a good job.

    Their systems are slick too. We got a 3GB RAM, 320GB HD Acer PC with 20-inch LCD screen for $379 at Best Buy. Not bad.

  2. monnu   July 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    u have a LAN at home ?

    i see u buying comps often.

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  3. StrYngLad74   July 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Dell has been rather desperate to sell their products. Just last month a desi sales person from Dell kept hounding me for about 3-4 days if I wanted to buy a new system (since my existing one is a 5.5 yr old Dell), when I made it clear to her that I wanted to build my new one for big-time gaming.

    Here’s an advice for avid PC Gamers- Avoid buying Dell systems and their cases. Build your own.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Hard times ahead for Dell, going by the Gartner numbers this quarter or the IDC numbers of Q1.

    We bought a Dell server once (some 8 years back) but couldn’t add off-the-shelf memory due to some proprietary architecture….returned it and never bought a Dell again.

    Always cheap eMachines, Acer or Compaq, HP and Toshiba. Serves our purpose.

    But then we never play games…at least not the ones you play on the PC. Our gaming is always on a different platform. 😉

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