HP regains top spot as PC shipments slump

PC shipment estimates for the past quarter are in, and they’re not all that encouraging. According to the folks at Gartner, shipments slipped from 95.02 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 90.37 million in fourth quarter of 2012—a 4.9% decline.

Gartner attributes the shipment shrinkage to tablets. Apparently, the problem isn’t that folks are tossing out their PCs and replacing them with tablets, but that they prefer to buy new tablets rather than to upgrade old PCs. Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa elaborates:

Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC. There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception and not the norm. Therefore, we hypothesize that buyers will not replace secondary PCs in the household, instead allowing them to age out and shifting consumption to a tablet.

Windows 8 did little to buck the trend despite all its touch-capable pizzazz. Gartner says the new operating system "did not have a significant impact" on last quarter’s shipments.

The research firm has also compiled some market share data. It looks like HP regained the top spot internationally in Q4 after falling behind Lenovo in Q3. Lenovo returned to second place, with Dell, Acer, and Asus in the third, fourth, and fifth spots, respectively. Lenovo and Asus were the only ones to see shipments rise compared to the previous year, by the way. Dell and Acer both suffered double-digit declines.

In the U.S., the top three spots were still occupied by HP, Dell, and Apple, in that order, with Lenovo and Acer in hot pursuit. HP saw the biggest jump in shipments domestically (12.6%) followed by Lenovo (9.7%) and Apple (5.4%). Meanwhile, Dell and Acer again saw their shipments fall by double-digit amounts—16.5% and 21.6%, respectively. Check out Gartner’s report for the full numbers.

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    • albundy
    • 10 years ago

    so these companies supply more than humanly necessary, then blame the world for their slump. sorry but i dont buy pc’s like i buy yellow kraft cheese, but i can attest the the quality being of the same junk it’s made from.

    • willmore
    • 10 years ago

    It constantly confuses me how people mistake growth in a new market for the loss of an old one. I used to have a PC. Then I had a PC and a laptop. Now I have a PC, a laptop, and a tablet. Guess what? I still use each of them as much as I used to. I just now spend more time on them then I did before.

    • Redundant
    • 10 years ago

    (+984) Ya, but I’m pretty sure they invented the Apple

    • moose17145
    • 10 years ago

    Even then Apple didn’t invent the iPad / tablet idea. Pretty sure that honor still resides to Star Trek with their PADD. And then I think it was around 2001 or so where MS showed a completely keyboardless computer. So Apple didn’t even invent the idea. Same with the iPod, iPhone. They didn’t invent the MP3 player, nor did they invent the smart phone. The two things that apple is good at doing, is taking old ideas and getting people fork over twice as much money as they should for them by making them trendy, and suing everyone under the sun for ideas that also were not their own.

    • ronch
    • 10 years ago

    Now, if only HP [i<]had[/i<] smart people on their Board of Directors.

    • ronch
    • 10 years ago

    All these doom sayers about the PC going away need to shut up. Sure, PC sales are slowing down but that doesn’t mean they will go away. It will get smaller, like those Intel NUC form factors, but go away? Not in our lifetime, pal. And when those PCs age out and die, folks will STILL buy a new PC to replace them with because they simply cannot work properly without a proper keyboard, mouse, and a properly large screen. If you wanna do your homework, do graphics, or work on your spreadsheet on a 7″ tablet, go ahead. This is especially true for the office. People need to work fast, not look cute swiping on a tablet trying to do their work. In this case, smaller form factor PCs will come in, replacing that bulky full tower case, which, in my opinion, is the one thing that should go away. People will always need a proper work station, they can’t share it in the office, and that’s where most PCs end up, not in homes where, true to what this guy says, people can share one PC.

    • jdaven
    • 10 years ago

    As much as you love Intel, NeelyCam, I’m afraid the masses could care less about Haswell. Tech enthusiasts might be excited and are waiting for Haswell, but whatever PC companies can sell right now is not going to change.

    • jdaven
    • 10 years ago

    [url<]http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2013/01/dells_stock_soars_on_report_of.html[/url<] Dell stock just went up 12%+ on buyout rumors.

    • NeelyCam
    • 10 years ago

    PC shipments will pick up mid-2013 when Haswell ultrabooks come out. Recession will be over by then, too, so people aren’t inclined to buy $200 toy tablets anymore

    • Farting Bob
    • 10 years ago

    Microsoft is pretty innovative in many fields, more so than Apple for example. What have Apple done that is even slightly innovative since the original iPad? MS aren’t like Google when it comes to trying new ideas but it’s not sitting on it’s ass doing nothing either.

    • gmskking
    • 10 years ago

    Do not feel sorry for these non-innovating companies (Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo.)

    • willmore
    • 10 years ago

    What are you talking about? It sold out in under a day! I tried to get one, but they were gone by the time I got there.

    • ludi
    • 10 years ago

    Now if only HP [i<]knew how to market[/i<] a hot tablet when they had it.

    • dpaus
    • 10 years ago

    Now, if only HP had a hot tablet of their own…. Oh, right.

    • exmachina64
    • 10 years ago

    Glad to be the exception.

    • jdaven
    • 10 years ago

    IDC had a slightly different story to tell but both camps found a decrease in shipments. This trend will almost assuredly continue.

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