2013 was not a good year for the PC

Worldwide PC shipments declined by 10% in 2013 – a record drop – but things are expected to improve slightly in the next 12 months, according to new data from the IDC.

According to the research firm, global PC shipments have declined for the past 7 consecutive quarters, due to the shift towards mobility in the personal computer market – however, some grace was found in commercial sales.

The PC market saw a quarterly (4Q13) decline of 5.6% – slightly better than the 6% drop projected.

“The PC market again came in very close to expectations, but unfortunately failed to significantly change the trajectory of growth,” said Loren Loverde, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers.

“Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending.”

Looking at the markets, although the USA’s growth slipped in the fourth quarter, other regions all improved, reinforcing the IDC’s view that growth rates will continue to improve gradually during 2014, despite remaining in negative territory.

World PC shipments, Top 5 vendors, 2013 (units in thousands)

Vendor 2012 Shipments
2012 Market Share 2013 Shipments
2013 Market Share
Lenovo 52,348 15.0% 53,771 17.1% 2.7%
HP 58,129 16.6% 52,717 16.6% -10.3%
Dell 38,719 11.1% 37,791 12.0% -2.4%
Acer 33,588 9.6% 24,022 7.6% -28.5%
ASUS 23,214 6.6% 18,666 5.9% -19.6%
Others 143,386 41.0% 128,134 40.7% -10.6%
Total 349,383 100.0% 314,554 100.0% -10.0%

While Hewlett-Packard maintained its top spot in the US, shipments from the vendor shrank 8.5%, globally, making room for Lenovo to take the bigger chunk of market share.

“Lenovo expanded its lead in total worldwide shipments with particularly strong growth in EMEA, Japan, and Latin America,” IDC said.

“The firm has continued to stay aggressive with its breadth of products, flexibility, and focus on channel development. Growth in the U.S. slowed, but remained ahead of other market leaders.”

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