Worldwide PC shipments totaled 271.2-million units in 2007, a 13.4% increase from 2006, according to preliminary results by Gartner. The industry ended the year with fourth quarter PC shipments of 75.9-million units, a 13.1% increase from the fourth quarter of 2006.
"The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region continued to be the largest PC market in 2007, helped by robust Eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa growth," says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner's Client Computing Markets group.
"Asia/Pacific took over as the second largest PC market during the fourth quarter. 2007 showed a clear indication of the worldwide PC market landscape: strong growth in emerging regions such as Asia/Pacific and slower growth in markets such as the United States."
Hewlett-Packard was in a virtual tie with Dell for the top position in worldwide PC shipments in 2006, and HP extended its lead in 2007 as it accounted for 18.2% of global PC shipments.
"HP established a solid number one position in 2007. Robust consumer and mobile PC sales across all regions were two main drivers of HPss overall growth," says Kitagawa. "The company experienced the strongest growth among the top 5 vendors in fourth quarter of 2007, as its shipments increased 23.3% in the quarter."
While Dell's PC shipments grew just 1.7% in 2007 due in part to the company¹s reorganisation, the company showed signs of a recovery at the end of the year as it registered positive year-over-year growth for two consecutive quarters.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, Dell's worldwide PC shipments grew 17% , as its market share reached 14.5%. Retail and channel partner expansion in several markets, including the United States and Asia/Pacific contributed to Dell's positive fourth quarter results.
In the fourth quarter, Acer achieved solid consumer mobile PC growth in EMEA and the US. Acer's acquisition of Gateway's consumer business boosted the shipment volume. Lenovo also well exceeded the worldwide growth average.
Despite a lack or weak consumer market presence, Lenovo showed a relatively good performance in consumer sales in both EMEA and the US during the quarter.
PC shipments in EMEA reached 92-million units in 2007, a 14.7% increase from 2006. In the fourth quarter, PC shipments totaled 28.8-million units, a 12.5% increase from the fourth quarter of 2006.
"The fourth quarter of the year saw continued growth in notebooks, but desk-based PC growth was weaker than expected for many vendors," says Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst for Gartner's Client Computing Markets group in EMEA.
Hewlett-Packard had a strong quarter and increased its market share to more than 20%. The company exhibited growth on both desk-based and mobile segments.
Acer's mobile PC growth continued to be strong but this was not supported by its desk-based performance. Overall, Acer's growth this quarter was the lowest posted by Acer since the second quarter of 2006.
Dell continued its upward growth trend finishing the year closer to the EMEA market growth rate as its mobile PC performance continued to improve.