Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦) lost its ranking among the top five PC vendors in Western Europe in the first quarter because of weak buying, research company Gartner Inc said on Wednesday.
Asustek was the fourth-largest PC vendor in the region during the fourth quarter of last year, when it shipped 1.72 million units for an 11.2 percent market share.
The computer maker told an investor briefing on May 6 that it plans to ship 4.8 million notebooks and hybrid devices globally in the second quarter, up from 4.7 million units a quarter earlier.
In the first three months of the year, Hewlett-Packard Co of the US and Acer Inc (宏碁) of Taiwan remained the two biggest PC sellers in Western Europe, with market shares of 19.7 percent and 11.7 percent respectively, Gartner’s report showed.
Third-placed Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) trailed only 0.1 percentage points behind Acer as the Chinese PC brand saw shipments jump 7.2 percent year-on-year — the highest growth among the top five firms — due to its expansion in the consumer PC sector.
US vendor Dell Inc overtook Asustek to claim the fourth spot with a 9.9 percent share, followed by US electronics giant Apple Inc with 7.9 percent, the report said.
Gartner said PC shipments in Western Europe fell by 20.5 percent year-on-year to 12.3 million units in the first quarter, the worst decline since it started tracking the region’s PC shipments.
“The PC is the first [device] to fall by the wayside as usage patterns shift toward smartphones and tablets,” Gartner principal research analyst Meike Escherich said. “This ongoing trend will have a profound impact on the size of the installed base of PCs.”