Asia-Pacific PC market tumbled in first quarter: IDC

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Apr 23, 2013 - Page 14

The PC market in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, posted a double-digit decline in the first quarter because of weak demand and a lukewarm response to the new Windows 8 operating system.

According to research firm International Data Corp (IDC), 26.4 million PCs were shipped in the region in the first three months of the year, down 8 percent from the previous quarter and 13 percent from a year earlier.

Acer Inc (宏碁) saw its PC shipments in the region fall 35 percent year-on-year, the biggest slump among the top five vendors, resulting in its market share falling one spot to fourth at 8.2 percent, IDC said in a report on Thursday.

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) registered a 15 percent decline in shipments compared with the same period of last year, but the company retained its ranking as the fifth-largest PC vendor in the region with a 7.3 percent share.

Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) remained the top player with a 22.8 percent regional share, with Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc tied for second with 9.8 percent shares, IDC said.

“The lack of a strong value proposition to buy a PC continues to divert consumer spending towards tablets and smartphones,” Handoko Andi, research manager for the Asia-Pacific region at IDC, said in the report.

He said that the introduction of Windows 8 did not help push PC shipments as high as IDC had initially estimated, despite the clearing out of older Windows 7 inventory in most countries.