Seemingly countering the defiant optimism of folks like Intel CEO Paul Otellini, IHS iSuppli reports that PC shipments took a dive last quarter—a "surprise" the market research firm pins on the "increasing momentum of the media tablet market, led by the iPad."
According to IHS iSuppli, global PC shipments dipped by 0.3% (from 81.6 million to 81.3 million) between the first quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of this year. Three of the global top five PC makers experienced a drop in shipments, as well. Acer bore "the brunt of the downturn" with a whopping 20.4% decline in year-over-year shipments for the last quarter.
Reportedly, the Q1 results are in stark contrast with those for the fourth quarter of last year, which "represented the best period ever for global PC sales." Corporate sales drove shipments then, but they failed to turn the tide in the first quarter.
As an addendum, IHS iSuppli's report also includes some market share numbers, so we can keep tabs on who's beating who in the worldwide PC market. HP remained top dog with 18.9% of Q1 shipments, while Dell got the silver medal with 12.9%, and Acer nabbed the last spot on the podium with an 11.4% share. Lenovo and Toshiba were fourth and fifth with 10% and 5.8% of shipments, respectively.