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Gartner: Lenovo Now 2nd-Largest Worldwide PC Vendor

Wednesday Gartner Research said that worldwide PC shipments actually grew 3.2-percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010, totaling 91.8 million units. However Gartner also said that the numbers are actually lower than its earlier projection of a 5.1-percent growth during Q3 2011.

"The inventory buildup, which slowed growth the last four quarters, mostly cleared out during the third quarter of this year; however, the PC industry has been performing below normal seasonality," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "As expected, back-to-school PC sales were disappointing in mature markets, confirming that the consumer PC market continues to be weak. The popularity of non-PC devices, including media tablets, such as the iPad and smartphones, took consumers' spending away from PCs."

Ouch. Yet despite all the talk about spinning off its PC division, Gartner points out that HP actually grew faster than the industry standard in the third quarter, and still reigns as the #1 worldwide PC vendor shipping over 16 million units, a 5.3-percent jump from the numbers seen in the same quarter last year. It's current market share hovers at 17.7-percent, just over 4-percent more than the new #2 PC vendor, Lenovo.

"Lenovo became the second-largest PC vendor in the worldwide market for the first time," Gartner said. "The company's expansion was boosted in part by the joint vendor with NEC in Japan. However, its aggressive marketing to both the professional and consumer PC markets accelerated its shipment volume."

According to the report, Lenovo shipped more than 12 million units in the third quarter and currently commands 13.5-percent of the market. The company has actually enjoyed a growth of 25.2-percent compared to the sub-10 million units and 11.1-percent market share seen in Q3 2010. Dell reportedly controlled 12.2-percent of the market during the same 2010 quarter, but didn't share the same growth into 2011.

Right now Dell is the third largest worldwide PC vendor, dropping 1.4-percent compared to Q3 2010's sales. In Q3 2011, Dell saw the shipments of 10.6 million units, a slight drop from the 10.8 million units sold this time last year. "Dell's performance was below the industry average in most regions, as the company faced intensified competition in the professional space, where Dell has been traditionally strong," Gartner said.

Acer actually dropped the most out of the listed vendors, falling 23.2-percent after seeing only 9.6 million units shipped in Q3 2011 compared to the 12.6 million units shipped in Q3 2010. The company is currently listed as the fourth largest PC vendor, and is followed by Asus which actually grew 18.5-percent with 5.6 million units shipped this quarter and 4.8 million units shipped in the same quarter last year.

Gartner notes that units sold include desk-based PCs, notebooks and netbooks, but do not include tablets like the iPad or the Eee Pad Transformer. To read the entire report, head here.

  • I like their laptops.
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  • AbdullahG
    I remember looking at PC catalog for a new laptop for my uncle a year or two ago. I saw few Lenovo desktops and laptops. I thought they were just a small PC manufacturer that no one really knows about. Funny how things change so quickly overtime.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    WTF?... didn't this article appear on Tom's ALREADY recently?!
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  • amk-aka-phantomWTF?... didn't this article appear on Tom's ALREADY recently?!No. I think it was hp in the other one...
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  • jrharbort
    amk-aka-phantomWTF?... didn't this article appear on Tom's ALREADY recently?!They were announced 3 weeks ago as the world's 3rd largest. Now they're the 2nd largest. Unless that article was a typo.

    I'm not surprised, the build quality of Lenovo products is very good. I know a few friends who purchased notebooks recently (one for $800 AUD, the other for $850 USD) and they are both very pleased with it. The former used to use a netbook while the later used to use an Asus G73.

    That says quite a lot to me, so props to you Lenovo. Just don't let your market position go to your head and start cutting back on quality.
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  • frost_fenix
    AbdullahGI remember looking at PC catalog for a new laptop for my uncle a year or two ago. I saw few Lenovo desktops and laptops. I thought they were just a small PC manufacturer that no one really knows about. Funny how things change so quickly overtime.

    Dont know if you realize they used to be the PC division of IBM which is a name everyone knows about
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  • titan131
    frost_fenixDont know if you realize they used to be the PC division of IBM which is a name everyone knows aboutActually Lenovo bought the PC division of IBM.
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  • AbdullahG
    frost_fenixDont know if you realize they used to be the PC division of IBM which is a name everyone knows aboutUsed to? How long ago was it until they weren't?
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  • reggieray
    bear95I like their laptops.Yes, buy all means buy Chinese made and owned Lenovo.
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  • reggieray
    frost_fenixDont know if you realize they used to be the PC division of IBM which is a name everyone knows aboutAnd IBM sold it to China
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