Acer regains world's No. 4 notebook-maker spot in Q2 (update)
Central News Agency
2014-07-11 10:29 PM
Taipei, July 11 (CNA) The list of the world's top notebook makers saw a reshuffle in the second quarter of 2014, with Hewlett-Packard (HP) regaining the world No. 1 title and Taiwan's Acer taking back its No. 4 spot, a local research firm said Friday. Acer showed the strongest growth, with its second-quarter shipments jumping 31.3 percent from the previous quarter, the Taipei-based Digitimes Research said. The Taiwanese brand started to see soaring notebook shipments worldwide from May due to launches of new models and more orders from its sales partners, the firm said. With a 10.8 percent global market share, Acer was ahead of Taiwan's Asustek Computer by only 0.3 percentage points, it added. HP, meanwhile, beat China's Lenovo Group, which had a global market share of 17.7 percent, to regain the top position with a 19.5 global market share during the April-June period as a result of targeting the education market, said Joanne Chien, a senior research analyst at Digitimes Research. In third place was U.S.-based Dell, with a 12.2 percent global market share, according to Chien. Research firm Gartner released a similar report Thursday, saying that global shipments of personal computers, including both desktops and laptops, experienced flat growth in the second quarter of the year after declining for eight quarters. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8 million units during the second quarter, up 0.1 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to Gartner. Gartner's research showed that Lenovo took the spot as the world No. 1 PC brand with a global market share of 19.2 percent, followed by HP's 17.7 percent, Dell's 13.3 percent, Acer's 7.9 percent and Asustek's 6.9 percent. "The PC industry in emerging markets has been impacted by the allure of low-cost tablets," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "These low-cost tablets continue to take spending from new PC units, meaning that it will take more time for PC sales to stabilize in emerging markets." (By James Lee)
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