Computer Manufacturer, Dell, has retained the number two spot in the global PC market for the second quarter in a row in Q3 capitalising on the ‘relative strength of the corporate PC market’, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Dell sold 11.3 million PCs in Q3, up 7.2 percent from 10.5 million in the second quarter. This gave the US PC maker a 12.8 percent share of the overall market, behind market leader Hewlett Packard which has an 18 percent share.
On an annual basis, Dell’s third-quarter PC shipments rose by 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2009. In contrast, Acer Inc., which holds the number three spot, suffered a decline of 0.7 percent and HP experienced a 0.2 percent contraction.
Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, compute platforms research, for iSuppli, said: “Consumer PC sales growth slowed in the third quarter partly because back-to-school sales were lower than expected. However, since the second quarter, corporate demand for desktop PCs and entry-level servers has been strong, driven by companies’ efforts to replace systems with newer, faster, more efficient computers.
“Dell has a higher mix of corporate business to the market than HP and Acer and therefore was less exposed to the consumer slowdown,” he added.
Dell had recovered the second-place ranking in the second quarter of 2010, after losing ground to Acer nine months earlier.
Despite the slowdown in consumer sales, the PC market’s recovery remained on track in the third quarter of 2010.
Worldwide shipments amounted to 88.1 million units in the third quarter, up 6.7 percent from the second quarter. Shipments increased by 10.3 percent from 79.9 million units in the third quarter of 2009.
In terms of product, corporate PC demand for Desktop PCs proved stronger than Notebooks. Desktop PC shipment sales rose sequentially by 11 percent in the third quarter, compared to only a 4.2 percent increase for notebooks.
China-based Lenovo Group Ltd. which is ranked fourth, delivered another impressive quarter, with shipment growth of 32.9 percent compared to the same period in 2009. This means that during every 2010 quarter, the company has so far achieved year on year shipment growth in excess of 30 percent.
Organic growth in Lenovo’s domestic market of China propelled the company’s shipment growth.
Rounding out the Top 5 rankings in the third quarter was ASUSTeK Computer Inc. of Taiwan. The company overtook Toshiba Corporateion as a result of a sterling performance wherein company PC shipments rose by 29 percent from a year earlier.