Worldwide PC shipments totaled 271.2 million units in 2007, a 13.4 percent increase from 2006, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.
The industry ended the year with fourth quarter PC shipments of 75.9 million units, a 13.1 percent 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,” said 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 No. 1 position in worldwide PC shipments in 2006, and HP extended its lead in 2007 as it accounted for 18.2 percent of global PC shipments.
Dell (14.3%), Acer (8.9%), Lenovo (7.4%) and Toshiba (4%) were the other top manufacturers/distributors listed by Gartner.
The research firm counted desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers. Acer’s acquisition of Gateway’s consumer business boosted the shipment volume. Lenovo also well exceeded the worldwide growth average.
Specifically the U.S. PC market grew 5.3 percent in 2007 with shipments reaching 64.2 million units. The U.S. PC market ended the year better than expected with shipments in the fourth quarter totaling 17 million units, a 7.2 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2006.The results exceeded Gartner’s expectations.
Mobile PC shipments exceeded desk-based PC shipments for the second consecutive quarter.
Dell achieved shipments growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 for the first time in last five quarters. Rapid retail expansion boosted Dell’s shipment volume in the consumer space, while channel partnership efforts strengthened the professional segment.
In the fourth quarter, Apple experienced another good quarter in the U.S. with just more than 1 million units shipped and a market share of 6.1%.
PC shipments in EMEA reached 92 million units in 2007, a 14.7 percent increase from 2006. In the fourth quarter, PC shipments totaled 28.8 million units, a 12.5 percent increase from the same time the year before. The fourth quarter of the year saw continued growth in notebooks, but desk-based PC growth was weaker than expected for many vendors.
In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments totaled 70.7 million units in 2007, a 18.7 percent increase from 2006. In the fourth quarter, PC shipments reached 18.6 million units, a 18.3 percent increase from fourth quarter results in 2006. Vendors continue to experience strong growth in mobile sales. India and Vietnam exhibited triple-digit year-over-year growth rates.
The Latin America PC market had PC shipments reach 24 million units in 2007, a 8.9 percent increase from 2006. In the fourth quarter, PC shipments grew 24.5 percent. The region continued to lead the worldwide PC market in growth.
In Japan, PC shipments in 2007 totaled 13.9 million units, a 5.1 percent increase from 2006. PC shipments in Japan grew 6.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. Both the professional and private markets showed positive year-over-year growth.