Lenovo ousts HP as top PC vendor

Lenovo edges ahead of HP according to Gartner
Darren Allan

October 11, 2012
Lenovo IdeaPad U300

Lenovo is now the biggest PC manufacturer on a global scale, according to the latest figures from research firm Gartner.

HP has held that title for a long time, and Lenovo has shot up the ranks – it wasn’t so long ago that it was behind both Dell and HP, and indeed Acer, but the market has shifted rapidly.

Now, according to Gartner, Lenovo has a 15.7 per cent PC market share (with 13.7 million units shipped in the third quarter), just edging out HP which is on 15.5 per cent. Dell is third on 10.5 per cent, followed by Acer on 9.9 per cent, and Asus on 7.3 per cent.

Lenovo was up from 13.1 per cent in Q3 2011, with HP falling from 17 per cent – a considerable lead it has now lost.

At least according to this analyst firm – however, rival outfit IDC still has HP in the lead, albeit by a whisker. On balance, the two firms are probably just about equal, although it’s clear which direction the market seems to be heading in – Lenovo’s.

Market share aside, the overall news for the PC market isn’t good, though. Gartner reckons that worldwide PC shipments have shrunk 8.3 per cent, year-on-year, which is a worrying drop.

Some of that drop-off is, however, due to the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, noted: “A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline. The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release, so shipments were less vigorous as vendors and their channel partners liquidated inventory.”


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