Lenovo retains its top position astride International Data Corp. (IDC) second quarter PC shipment market share tracker, shipping 13.4 million units and moving from 19.4 percent of the market a year ago to 20.3 percent. Overall, however. total PC shipments of 66.1 million units in the quarter represented a year-on-year decline of 11.8 percent.
Gianfranco Lanci, president and chief operating officer, Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGY) said in a statement: “Lenovo is gratified to see continued growth of our market share in our core PC business, which is a strong, powerful growth engine for the company. PC’s are still the heart of our business, and we have ample opportunity for continued growth there.
“Meanwhile, our strength in PC fuels the rest of our strategy — building new growth engines in Enterprise, mobility and ecosystem, and transforming ourselves from a company that simply sells devices to a one that builds enduring customer relationships through unique products that bring hardware, software and cloud services together in compelling, easy to use experiences. That is our focus as we look ahead, and continuing to win in PCs is key to delivering on this vision.”
Lenovo continued to “Aggressively court expansion outside Asia/Pacific, leading to gains in the U.S. and teh Europe, Middle East and Africa markets.
Apple also saw its market share rise from 5.9 percent a year ago to 7.8 percent globally. Of all the major manufacturers, only Apple actually increased its unit sales in the quarter.
Windows 10 expected to go well
“Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations,” said IDC’s Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting in a press release.
“We continue to expect low to mid-single digit declines in volume during the second half of the year with volume stabilizing in future years. We’re expecting the Windows 10 launch to go relatively well, though many users will opt for a free OS upgrade rather than buying a new PC. Competition from 2-in-1 devices and phones remains an issue, but the economic environment has had a larger impact lately, and that should stabilize or improve going forward.”
Rajani Singh, IDC senior research analyst, said that while the U.S. market was in line with forecasts, declining 3.3 percent from a year ago, “Moving forward we expect a healthy second half as inventory and purchase decisions pick up following the launch of Windows 10. Emerging product categories will remain a bright spot as attention shifts to convertibles and Chromebooks in the commercial as well as consumer segments.”
Here’s IDC’s chart of Q2 shipments: