Asia Pacific PC shipments down, Singapore hardest hit

  • Biggest declines in Singapore (21.5%), Korea (11.9%), Australia (9.2%), China (5.4%) and Taiwan (5%)
  • Strong growth in India and Malaysia of 17% and 21.6% respectively

Asia Pacific PC shipments down, Singapore hardest hitASIA Pacific personal computer (PC) shipments totaled 30.3 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 2.6% decline compared with the same quarter in 2011, according to Gartner.

The most notable decline came from China’s PC market at 5.4%, marking its first year-on-year negative growth ever.

“Gloomy worldwide economies have put a dampener on PC spending in the region over the past year,” said Lillian Tay, principal analyst for Gartner. “The wide array of alternate products entering the market is also affecting consumer spend, resulting in declining interest in PC spending.”

The overall decline was reflected in both the mobile PC and desk-based PC shipment segments, decreasing 3.7% and 1.7% respectively.

The professional segment declined for the second time this year, down 8% in Q2 compared with the same quarter a year ago as organizations deferred PC purchases where possible and reined in their expansion plans, preferring to be more prudent not knowing how the market situation will evolve with all the uncertainties.

The consumer segment managed to show better results but only grew only 3% in comparison to the same quarter in 2011.

At a country level, some of the biggest declines happened in Singapore (21.5%), Korea (11.9%) and Australia (9.2%). Smaller declines occurred in Hong Kong (1.4%), New Zealand (2.2%) and Taiwan (5%).

Not all countries faced decline, however, with countries like India and Malaysia experiencing strong growth of 17% and 21.6% respectively, largely driven by mobile PC growth.

According to Gartner, mature PC markets are struggling to grow as PC penetration is high and there is less need to spend on PCs than in the past as there are now alternative products and services that will enable them to do all the tasks which used to be done on the PC.

Major cities in emerging markets are also experiencing the same PC penetration issues and though opportunities are there in the smaller cities and rural areas, it takes time for the market to develop.

“What is interesting to note is that despite much talk around the introduction of Ultrabooks, consumers did not proactively seek them out in their purchases, which is likely to be the result of prices remaining high throughout this period,” said Tay.

Both Lenovo and Asus gained market share in the region in the second quarter of 2012. Lenovo continues to hold the leading position, with shipments increasing 12.6% year-over-year.

Despite its fifth position, Asus’ shipments have grown 24.8%, bucking the trend for declining shipment numbers in the region.

“Lenovo continued to pick up market share especially from HP and Dell. HP’s re-organization and Dell’s change in its business strategy for better margins gains have affected their shipment levels,” said Tay.

“Vendors have made conscious efforts to control inventory over the past year, as they get ready for thinner notebooks with mainstream prices in the third quarter of 2012, as well as new Ultrabook product releases with Windows 8 in October.” Newsbytes

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