Lenovo Retains Slim Lead Over HP as PC Shipments Continue to Slip

Paul Lilly

Back-to-school sales quarter lowest since 2008

Both Lenovo and HP shipped more PCs in the third quarter of 2013 than in the same quarter a year ago, though overall, the market declined 8.6 percent to 80.3 million overall PC shipments from all players, according to preliminary data released by Gartner. This would mark the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments, and the worst sales quarter during the back-to-school season in terms of PC volume since 2008.

Once again, a big reason why PC shipments are down is because tablets are cannibalizing sales, especially now that slates have become so affordable.

"Consumers' shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets," said Mikako Kitagawa , principal analyst at Gartner. " A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets."

Lenovo managed to hold onto the top spot and edge out HP with a 17.6 percent share of the market and 14.1 million PC shipments, versus HP's 17.1 percent share and 13.7 million shipments. Those figures are up from 15.7 percent and 15.4 percent, respectively, from a year ago.

Dell, the world's third largest PC maker, also saw an increase in both shipments and market share year-over year, which totaled 9.2 million units and 11.6 percent in Q3.

Acer, Asus, and all others saw declines.

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