IDC today released their worldwide PC shipments for the 3Q 2014. Total shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), a year-on-year decline of -1.7% which is a great improvement over the forecast of -4.1%. IDC reported that commercial PC purchases played a key role in many markets, with the top three vendors – Lenovo, HP, and Dell – all showing solid year-on-year growth. Also, shipments of entry systems, including Chromebooks, continued to inject an important source of volume and sustained improved consumer demand in certain markets over recent quarters.
“PC shipment growth in the United States remained slightly faster than most other regions in the third quarter and overall the U.S. PC market came in right on forecast with 4.3% year-on-year growth. Solid back-to-school sales, a strong performance from key vendors, the continued acceptance of Chromebooks, some commercial uptick from Windows XP to Windows 7 migration, and the slowdown in tablet sales are among the factors that helped the PC market to continue on its positive growth rate trajectory,” said Rajani Singh, Senior Research Analyst, Personal Computing. “Moving forward, we expect a healthy holiday season, hence the U.S. PC market may maintain a positive growth rate. However, low demand for large commercial refreshes, combined with competition from 2-in-1 systems, may limit the growth potential.”
Lenovo continued to held a comfortable lead as the top PC vendor, hitting another record volume of 15.7 million units. Lenovo managed to regain growth in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) as well as maintain its strong pace of expansion and growth in EMEA.