Worldwide PC shipments in 2002 reached 132.4 million units, an increase of 2.7 per cent over 2001, according to preliminary figures released by Dataquest, a unit of Gartner. This compared with a 4 per cent fall in sales from 2000 to 2001. Dataquest expects a strong 7.6 per cent PC sales increase worldwide in 2003 over 2002.
Consumer sales grew the most as notebook and other mobile PCs were sold in increasing numbers to this sector. By contrast, the corporate market was weak and showed no signs of a recovery during the year. Still concerned about economic uncertainty, corporations preferred to extend the life of PCs rather than upgrade, Dataquest said.
The combined Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq brand led the way with 16.2 per cent of the market. But the company’s PC sales fell 9.3 per cent during the year and its top position is now under threat from the fastest-growing PC vendor, Dell.
Dell’s shipments rose 18.3 per cent during the year to give it 15.2 per cent of the market, just one percentage point behind HP. In 2001, HP had 18.4 per cent of the market compared to Dell’s 13.2 per cent.
Dell is now easily the largest PC vendor in the US with 27.9 per cent of the market compared with HP’s 19.8 per cent. Its real sales growth in 2002 came from the Asia-Pacific region, Japan and Latin America, Dataquest said
IBM and NEC led the competition with market shares of 6 per cent and 3.4 per cent. Both recorded a fall in sales in 2002, IBM by 3.7 per cent and NEC by 7.4 per cent.
In fifth place, Toshiba enjoyed a strong year, with sales up 16 per cent on 2001 figures to give it a 3.2 per cent share of the market in 2002.