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Acer’s PC sales in India slip in third quarter: Gartner

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan-based Acer Inc (宏碁) saw its market share slump in India in the third quarter, hurt by weaker demand in the country’s consumer PC segment, market research company Gartner Inc said.

The struggling computer maker held a 10.4 percent share of the Indian PC market in the three months ending in September, compared with a 15.7 percent share a year ago, Gartner said in its latest report.

The shrinking market share left Acer ranked as the fourth-largest PC vendor in India, down two spots from a year earlier.

It was knocked out of second place by US rivals Dell Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co (HP), which took advantage of growth in the commercial PC sector.

HP doubled its market share from a year earlier to 32.5 percent in the third quarter to seize the top spot, while China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) trailed far behind in second with a 13.7 percent share and Dell ranked third with an 11.8 percent share, the report said.

Indian vendor HCL Infosystems Ltd rounded out the top five with a 2.8 percent market share.

The combined desktop and mobile PC market in India totaled nearly 3.2 million units in the third quarter of the year, 7.9 percent higher than in the third quarter of last year, driven by large government orders, according to Gartner.

“Consumers accounted for 40 percent of total PC sales in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 47 percent in the third quarter of 2012,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner.

“This emphasizes the fact that despite the festive season and availability of various end-user schemes on PCs, the market was impacted by high inflation, global economic uncertainty and limited share of wallet as consumers preferred to spend on other consumer durables,” he said in the report.

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