IDC: HP is still top PC vendor worldwide amid soft Q4 sales

IDC: HP is still top PC vendor worldwide amid soft Q4 sales

Summary: Despite contrary reports about Lenovo, IDC still reports that Hewlett-Packard is the top PC seller in the world.

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Hewlett-Packard is still the top PC vendor worldwide as it tries to recover in key markets, according to the International Data Corporation.

The market intelligence firm published its latest report for the PC industry on Thursday afternoon, reporting soft sales globally for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Specifically, approximately 89.8 million PC units were shipped worldwide last quarter, which is worse than the predicted 4.4 percent decline -- not to mention down by 6.4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Analysts and investors might have been hoping for a boost thanks to the launch of Windows 8 at the end of October, but based on Thursday's report, there just wasn't enough time for the new version of Microsoft's operating system to make an impact.

Jay Chou, a senior research analyst for IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker group, explained further in the report:

Although the third quarter was focused on the clearing of Windows 7 inventory, preliminary research indicates the clearance did not significantly boost the uptake of Windows 8 systems in Q4. Lost in the shuffle to promote a touch-centric PC, vendors have not forcefully stressed other features that promote a more secure, reliable and efficient user experience. As Windows 8 matures, and other corresponding variables such as Ultrabook pricing continue to drop, hopefully the PC market can see a reset in both messaging and demand in 2013.

As for the vendors, this is a stickier situation. To recall, IDC still pegged Hewlett-Packard as the top PC vendor worldwide back in October, ahead of Lenovo -- despite a contrary report from Gartner.

Chart: Top 5 Worldwide PC Vendors, Market Share 4Q12 (unit shipment)Description: Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, January 10, 2013Note: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker provides PC market data for over 80 countries by vendor, form factor, brand, processor brand and speed, sales channel and user segment. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis as well as price band and installed base data.For more information, or to subscribe to the research, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 1-650-350-6423 or knagamine@idc.com.Further detail about this tracker can be found at:http://www.idc.com/tracker/showproductinfo.jsp?prod_id=1Tags: IDC, PC, Top 5, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, 2012 Q4, 2012Q4Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts

For Q4, the IDC asserted that "HP continued to defend its top position in IDC's worldwide ranking, recovering somewhat from past weakness in key markets."

Funny enough, IDC analysts said that the Windows 8 push actually did help HP last quarter -- especially in the United States as well as the Asia/Pacific region. However, HP continued to struggle in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Despite being placed second, Lenovo saw an 8.2 percent gain worldwide (versus the 0.6 percent decline posted by HP) with a record posting of more than 14 million units shipped during the quarter.

However, IDC analysts noted that Lenovo's gains are still smaller than what they used to be, comparing them to growth rates of nearly 30 percent seen last year.

Dell, Acer, and Asus, respectively, rounded out the top five PC vendors worldwide. Besides Lenovo, Asus was the only seller to post positive growth from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012.

As for 2012 overall, the IDC also found HP to be the top vendor for the year, despite a 6.7 percent decline in market share since 2011. Lenovo, on the other hand, grew its share by 19.2 percent.

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Reflecting on the year, David Daoud, research director for the IDC's U.S. Quarterly PC Tracker, remarked in the report that consumers didn't get "all sorts of cool PCs" and tablets that they might have been expecting. Instead, he continued, they just got traditional PCs with a new operating system, which would be Windows 8.

But considering how many OEM partners are coming out with Ultrabooks, tablets, hybrids of the two and more this year, perhaps those consumer sentiments will change this year.

Charts via IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Lenovo, Tech Industry

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  • I roamed through many retail outlets and Q4 looked just like Q3 to me.

    Retailers were still pushing W7 machines hard. All the sale prices were on W7 machines trying to clear them out.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Shock & awe is coming in 2013...

      I agree. PC vendors were trying to unload their non-touch Windows 7 hardware in Q4. It's clear, however, from CES that an army of sleek Windows 8 hardware at a variety of price points is coming.

      Even so, Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses in the first three months (which is similar to Windows 7's launch)... and that's while competing with the still popular Windows 7.
      newyorkcitymale
  • 50m iOS and Android devices activated 1 week

    Christmas week alone.

    Post PC world indeed.
    symbolset
    • Don't get ahead of yourself...

      Here are StatCounter's OS market share numbers as of 1/10/2013. I think saying "Post-PC" anything is a bit premature.

      Win7 MacOSX WinXP WinVista iOS Win8 Android Linux 49.69 14.68 15.41 9.52 5.14 2.54 1.27 1.03

      http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-US-daily-20121026-20130111
      newyorkcitymale
      • And Netmarketshare says different.

        http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10
        Arm A. Geddon
    • StatCounter says otherwise...

      StatCounter 1/10/2013

      Win7 (49.69)
      MacOSX (14.68)
      WinXP (15.41)
      WinVista iOS (9.52)
      Win8 (2.54)
      Android (1.27)
      Linux (1.03)

      http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-US-daily-20121026-20130111
      newyorkcitymale
      • ZDNet really needs an EDIT function...

        Win7 (49.69)
        MacOSX (14.68)
        WinXP (15.41)
        WinVista (9.52)
        iOS (5.14)
        Win8 (2.54)
        Android (1.27)
        Linux (1.03)
        newyorkcitymale
  • Less Than A Million Windows Sales Per Day

    Windows sales certainly seem to be in a death spiral. Compare that to Google's last report of 1.3 million Android activations per day and still rising (I know activations aren't the same as sales, but I'm trying to be kind to Microsoft here).
    ldo17
    • Death spiral? What are you talking about...

      Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses in the first three months of release (which is comparable to the very successful launch of Windows 7).

      Furthermore, Nokia & Windows Phone seem to have turned a corner as well. Nokia was back to profitability last quarter. Thanks, in part, to the growing adoption of Windows Phone.
      newyorkcitymale
      • Re: Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses in the first three months

        Which doesn't seem to have done much for overall Windows sales, that's the problem.
        ldo17
  • Get a clue...

    Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses in the first three months of release (which is comparable to the very successful launch of Windows 7).

    Furthermore, Nokia & Windows Phone seem to have turned a corner as well. Nokia was back to profitability last quarter. Thanks, in part, to the growing adoption of Windows Phone.
    newyorkcitymale
  • Why is anyone still buying HP computers??

    I have not one, not two, but three customers who have all had HP computers that ended up with dead motherboards after the warranty was up. I have also come across several other HP machines that were in need of motherboards. HP manufactures garbage.
    WakkoWarner
    • @wakkiwarner

      you get what you pay for. asuming you are talking over hp consumer and 1 year warranty - you are free to upgrade to a higher warranty with a carepack. had 4 hp pcs and they still work - so it´s in your perception. every manufacture cooks with water, so i hope you don´t believe other oem´s are better...they are equaly the same - and afaik and experienced, hp has the best built quality for business.
      sestebeste