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Conflicts, disasters could hurt PC shipments in Q2

Agam Shah, IDG News Service | April 13, 2011
The natural disasters in Japan and political tension in the Middle East could hurt PC shipments during the second quarter this year, an IDC analyst said on Wednesday.

The top three PC vendors -- Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer -- saw PC shipments fall year over year due to lackluster demand for products. However, fourth-placed Lenovo saw shipments grow by 16.3% due to strong demand for its products in China and a disciplined channel expansion worldwide.

HP shipped 15.2 million PCs, down by 2.8% year over year, but grew its market share to 18.9%. Dell's shipments totaled 10.3 million units, falling by 1.8%, with its market share growing to 12.8%. Acer's shipments dropped by 15.8% to 9.04 million due to slow demand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company's largest market, and reliance on the slumping netbook market. Lenovo's shipments totaled 8.17 million units.


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