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HP Inc retains top spot amid sluggish PC shipments demand

This is the 12th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2015. Photo: Reuters

As the worldwide continue to dip, and were in a virtual tie for the top spot in the in the third quarter of 2017, Gartner said on Wednesday.

reported 21.8 per cent while registered 21.4 per cent market share in terms of

However, " is in an upward trend as it has experienced five consecutive quarters of global PC growth, while is on a downward trend with declining shipments in eight of the last 10 quarters," Gartner said.

Worldwide reached 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017 -- a 3.6 per cent decline from the third quarter of 2016.

This is the 12th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments.

"While there were signs of stabilisation in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the US market, which saw a 10 per cent (year-over-year) decline," said Mika Kitagawa, Principal Analyst at Gartner.

In Asia-Pacific, PC shipments reached 24 million units in the third quarter of 2017 -- down 2.1 per cent from the same period last year.

HP Inc experienced growth in all key regions, except the US market.

The company experienced double-digit growth in Latin America while in Asia/Pacific, HP Inc secured positive growth for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Lenovo experienced its steepest year-over-year decline of PC shipments in the US since it acquired the PC business division in 2005.

Dell's worldwide PC shipments were slightly down compared with a year ago, as it registered its first year-over-year shipment decline since the first quarter of 2016.

While consumer demand remained lacklustre, PC demand in the business segment remained steady, especially for notebooks.

"In China, the is estimated to have declined by 5 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space," Gartner said.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 16:56 IST