U.S. PC sales grow 7% in Q2 2007

Posted by Mark Raby

Framingham (MA) - The United States helped raise PC shipments in the second quarter by 12.5% compared to last year.

While the Asia/Pacific region saw the most growth, the US still saw strong numbers.  With an already robust PC sales market, the United States still grew more than 7% in year-to-year PC shipments.

In the US, Dell was the top vendor of desktop PCs.  However, it is facing corporate restructuring and increasing competition.  This caused Dell to lose some ground as HP comes in for the kill.

Dell shipments in the US fell by nearly 11% on a year-to-year basis.  In the US, Dell shipped about 4.8 million PCs.  That's still the most in the United States, but its market share fell from 34.1% to 28.4%.

HP, on the other hand, saw a year-to-year increase of 26% in US PC shipments, bringing quarterly shipments to just over four million.  Its market share for the quarter was 23.6%.

Gateway, Apple, Toshiba, and Acer rounded out the top five in the US, respectively, each taking in between 5.2% and 5.6% market share.  Acer is perhaps the most notable, as its shipments soared from 337,000 in Q2 2006 to 888,000 this quarter, a 163.8% year-to-year growth.

Worldwide, HP grew to become the top manufacturer of PCs, taking in 19.3% of the market share in the second quarter of 2007.  It shipped a total of 11.3 million computers around the globe.  This is a year-to-year growth of 36.5%, catapulting it above Dell.

Dell was the only PC vendor in the top five to have negative growth over last year.  Its shipments fell by nearly 5% from Q2 '06 to Q2 '07.

Absolute sales figures went from around 10 million in Q2 2006 to 9.5 million in Q2 2007.  Because of HP's impressive growth, this caused Dell's market share to fall by three percentage points, from 19.1% to 16.1%.

Lenovo was in third place, with around 4.9 million PCs shipped in the quarter, a 22.3% increase over last year.  It took in about 8.3% of the glocal PC market share.  Next was Acer, which saw the most significant relative year-to-year growth.  Acer's shipments almost doubled from Q2 2006, reaching 4.3 million this quarter.  That's a 55.4% growth over last year's 2.7 million.  Toshiba ranked in at #5 with 2.4 million shipments, an increase of 21.5% compared to 2.0 million in Q2 2006.

In total, about 58.8 million PCs were shipped worldwide this quarter, a 12.5% increase from last year.