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  (Source: China Daily)
IDC still lists HP at number 1

Computer maker HP has been struggling as its stock price drops on increasingly poor computer sales. According to research firm Gartner, Lenovo took advantage of HP’s weakened state and is now the number one PC maker in the world as of Q3 2012. 
 
During Q3, global shipments of PCs fell by over 8% to 87.5 million units shipped. That represents the most dramatic decline since 2001, according to Gartner. Demand for PCs is declining as consumers move to portable devices such as tablets and smartphones for their basic computing needs.
 
"It's quite a tough year for PC makers because (Microsoft's) Windows 8 is not launched yet and some consumers are waiting for that. Cannibalization of tablet PCs is also another factor," said Eve Jung, an analyst with Nomura Securities in Taipei.


Lenovo IdeaPad S300
 
Interestingly, research firm IDC still ranks HP as the number one computer vendor so the numbers between Lenovo and HP have to be very close. IDC has HP in the lead by less than half of a percentage point in terms of global PC shipments.
 
Both Gartner and IDC numbers show that Asian computer makers such as Acer are beginning to take share away from U.S. companies such as HP and Dell. Dell was able to hold on to the number three spot in the global computer market for the quarter. HP currently holds 15.5% of the global PC market and shipped 13.55 million computers.

That number represents a 16.4% decrease in shipments from a year ago. This quarter is the first since 2006 where Gartner hasn't ranked HP as the top computer vendor. Gartner has Lenovo holding 15.7% of the market with 13.77 million computers shipped.
 
Lenovo recently announced that it would manufacture some of its “Think” branded devices in North Carolina.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Exit the pc business
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/11/2012 12:26:11 PM , Rating: 4
HP just needs to get its house in order. They don't innovate anymore, they follow along the "me too" path of Dell and other half-baked OEM's. If HP wants to compete it needs to start leading the pack with new designs and features, and then actually support the damn thing rather than cut and run constantly. HP does not have much commitment to their products lately (software or hardware). Which is a damn shame because HP was a solid brand for a long time (minus the compaq fiasco). I still think HP would be in a far better position with a decent CEO. This revolving door of failures is not helping, nor is the Board of Directors who keep selecting these morons.


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