Gartner: Last quarter wasn’t kind to PC vendors

The global PC market only grew by 1.1% last quarter, in its worst moments since 2002, according to preliminary numbers from Gartner. The market research firm writes that global PC shipments rose from 77.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 78.1 million last quarter, while revenues dropped by a "record" amount.

In the United States, shipments actually dipped from 17.4 million to 15.6 million—reportedly the worst decline since 2001. The U.S. may not have been the hardest hit, though. Without posting specific numbers for the Asia-Pacific region, the research firm says that area experienced the "worst shipment growth since Gartner started its PC statistics research."

Unsurprisingly, netbooks were largely responsible for what little growth did occur overall, although their greatest strength—low pricing—also contributed to the decline in revenue.

To wrap up this uplifting report, Gartner has posted some market share numbers. Compared to the year before, HP’s global market share inched up to 19.1%, while Dell’s dropped one point to 13.2%, Acer’s rose almost three points to 12.2%, and Lenovo’s slipped a tad to 7%.

Looking at the United States only, Dell’s market share slipped a couple points to 28.6%, while HP’s climbed two points to 27.5%, Acer’s rose over six points to 15.2%, and Apple’s went up just over one point to 8%. Admittedly, though, Gartner pinned Apple’s piece of the pie at 9.5% last quarter.

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shiznit
shiznit
13 years ago
Reply to  LovermanOwens

gunmetal of course

i dont like oem nav sytems, blackberry + google maps is plenty

LovermanOwens
LovermanOwens
13 years ago
Reply to  shiznit

Will do Shiz…my dad works for Nissan so i get a pretty good deal with typically 0% interest so i have until May to order it and get it around the time of my bonus(July). (the biggest problem i have with it is deciding what color to get really and if the nav package is worth it) That is if i still have a job/the economy doesn’t get THAT much worse… I told the girl that i am with that i’ll put off buying it if the unemployment rate hits 8.5% by then…which i am a bit worried about. But… Read more »

swaaye
swaaye
13 years ago
Reply to  indeego

I did that a lot last spring and summer, but now it’s winter and biking = death/maiming due to ice, snow and that it’s under 20F usually. Biking on ice covered surfaces just isn’t for me…. We are having one of our most impressive winters in decades here in WI.

tfp
tfp
13 years ago

And in other news the sky is blue…

SomeOtherGeek
SomeOtherGeek
13 years ago
Reply to  BoBzeBuilder

Oh man!! That sucks and I sorry. Hope things work out. You work in a field that is popular or what?

Hang in there!

holophrastic
holophrastic
13 years ago

And they were expecting what exactly? A short while ago, people were buynig $3K desktops. Then they started selling $2K laptops. Now they’re selling $300 netbooks. Unless they expect everybody who used to have a $3K desktop to buy *TEN* $300 netbooks, it’s going to be hard for a given consumer today to spend as much as they used to. So how many new people are buying computers these days? Think it’s ten times the old number? How many people are selling them? Think it’s a tenth as many? Welcome to selling crap. I wonder how the fake dog crap… Read more »

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