PC shipments return to double-digit growth

Driven in part by highly competitive pricing, world-wide PC shipments totalled 32.8 million units in the second quarter of 2003, a 10% increase from the same period last year.

Driven in part by highly competitive pricing, world-wide PC shipments totalled 32.8 million units in the second quarter of 2003, a 10% increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary results from Gartner, the US research firm.

The world-wide PC market has not experienced double-digit shipment growth since the third quarter of 2000.

‘The PC industry performed better than expected, which suggests that market conditions are improving,’ said Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner’s Computing Platforms Worldwide group.

Dell, the number one vendor based on unit shipments, experienced the strongest growth rate among the top-tier vendors as its world-wide shipments increased 29.5%. Three of the other top-tier vendors – Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Fujitsu – achieved growth rates that surpassed the industry average. Gartner analysts noted that IBM’s shipment increase is a good indicator that the business segment may be improving.

US PC shipments in the second quarter of 2003 increased 11.1%, as the market received a boost from the consumer and education segments.

‘In the home market, competitive pricing and mobile PCs were important drivers,’ Smulders said. ‘Mobile PCs continued to be the hot item in the retail space.’

Dell increased its lead as the number one vendor of PC shipments in the US in the second quarter. With 31.1% market share, Dell nearly surpassed the other top four vendors’ combined unit shipment share of 32.8%. HP experienced strong home market sales, which helped contribute to its 14.1% growth rate for the quarter.

On a global basis, Gartner analysts said all regions showed positive growth compared with a year ago.

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