Even with holiday shoppers buying more systems than expected, the worldwide PC market ended 2001 with a whimper, with fourth-quarter shipments declining 6.7 per cent from a year ago, market research group International Data Corp (IDC) said last week.
Dell took the lead from Compaq in worldwide unit sales and was the only major PC vendor to gain market share over the three-month period, according to IDC. It's share grew to 14.2 per cent, up from 11.7 per cent a year earlier, while Compaq's share dropped to 11.2 per cent, from 12.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Hewlett-Packard's share of the market stayed flat at 8.0 per cent, putting it in third place, while IBM and Europe's Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV rounded out the top five. IBM's worldwide market share dropped to 6.2 per cent from 7.4 per cent, while Fujitsu Siemens remained flat at 4.9 per cent.
By geography, the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, held the distinction of being the only region to see shipments grow over the period. Japan continued to suffer from economic problems, and IDC projected double-digit declines in shipments there for the next few quarters.