PC shipments northward bound for second quarter

Written by fe Bureaus | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 29 2009, 04:22am hrs
Sales of personal computers have picked up. Latest data shows PC shipments in the country have registered a growth for the second successive quarter. However, year-on-year growth continues to be negative, although the rate is lower. According to the latest data released by IT research firm, IDC India, PC shipments in the second quarter of the calendar year ending June 30, stood at 1.8 million units, a rise of 5.2% sequentially but a decline of 15.3% year-on-year.

In the first quarter of calendar year 2009, PC shipments had registered a growth of 7% sequentially and a decline of 19% year-on-year (y-o-y). Terming the second quarter performance as early signs of a revival, Kapil Dev Singh, country manager, IDC India, said the decline in overall PC shipments year-on-year reduced from a high of 22.7% (in the fourth quarter of 2008) to 15.3% in the current quarter.

Demand was buoyant during this quarter on account of a higher offtake by the consumer and education segments, he said. However, large and very large enterprises continue to be on a wait-and-watch mode towards economic recovery, though the offtake was good in the small and medium enterprise segment.

While desktop PC shipments grew 4.4% sequentially, notebook PC shipments saw a rise of 7.2%. However, y-o-y, desktop and notebook shipments were down 16.2% and 13%, respectively. HP retained the top slot in both desktop and notebook shipments, while HCL and Acer were at the second and third positions respectively in the desktop segment. In notebook shipments, Dell retained the second spot while Acer was in third position.

One of the major highlights is the emergence of the mini notebook PC segment that is becoming rapidly popular among home users. Its shipments doubled on a sequential basis. This segment saw the emergence of new entrants like BenQ and Samsung, while existing players like Acer, Asus, and Lenovo moved to consolidate their positions. More vendors vied to enter this space. With the launch of Microsofts Windows 7 OS lined up for October, the Indian mini notebook PC arena could see a lot more traction in the forthcoming quarters, said Sumanta Mukherjee, lead PC analyst, IDC India.