Worldwide PC shipment growth slipped to 7.9% in 3Q, HP retakes No.1

Worldwide PC shipment growth slipped to 7.9% in the third quarter to 57 million units, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. By comparison, the overall growth was 9.8% in 2Q 2006 and enjoyed double-digit growth over the prior three years. International shipments continued to expand at roughly 11% year on year, but slow growth in the United States pulled down overall results.

Dell felt the brunt of the shortfall in U.S. shipments while Hewlett-Packard was able to leverage strong growth in international markets. Although HP volume was larger by roughly 28 thousand units, on volumes of nearly 10 million, IDC considers this is a statistical tie.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, 3Q 2006 (Preliminary) 

Rank Vendor 3Q 2006 Shipments (millions) Market Share 3Q 2005 Shipments (millions) Market Share 3Q06/3Q05 Growth

1

HP

9.83

17.2%

8.54

16.1%

15.1%

1

Dell

9.80

17.2%

9.47

17.9%

3.6%

3

Lenovo

4.45

7.8%

4.05

7.7%

9.7%

4

Acer

3.42

6.0%

2.55

4.8%

34.3%

5

Toshiba

2.39

4.2%

1.98

3.7%

20.4%

 

Others

27.17

47.6%

26.29

49.7%

3.3%

 

All Vendors

57.05

100.0%

52.88

100.0%

7.9%

Source: IDC, October 18, 2006
Notes:
  • Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the vendor/brand under which they are sold.
  • PCs include Desktop, Notebook, Ultra Portable, and x86 Servers.<
  • PCs do not include handhelds. Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.


Top 5 Vendors, U.S. PC Shipments, 3Q 2006 (Preliminary) 

Rank Vendor 3Q 2006 Shipments (millions) Market Share 3Q 2005 Shipments (millions) Market Share 3Q06/3Q05 Growth

1

Dell

5,258

31.0%

5,638

33.0%

-6.7%

2

HP

3,725

22.0%

3,486

20.4%

6.9%

3

Gateway

1,023

6.0%

1,020

6.0%

0.3%

4

Apple

975

5.8%

737

4.3%

32.3%

5

Toshiba

715

4.2%

664

3.9%

7.6%

 

Others

5,260

31.0%

5,532

32.4%

-4.9%

 

All Vendors

16,956

100.0%

17,077

100.0%

-0.7%

Source: IDC, October 18, 2006

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker gathers PC market data in 55 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.

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