The overall India PC market continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014, largely owing to poor end-user demand.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the overall India PC imports for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of 25.2 per cent over Q1 2013.

In terms of vendor share, Dell took early lead and achieved a market share of 23.1 per cent.

Hewlett Packard, which dominated the India PC market in 2013 across all product categories, took the second place with a share of 20.4 per cent in Q1 2014 and Lenovo, with 14.9 per cent market share, took the third spot.

PC shipments

The overall commercial PC segment recorded total shipments of 1.02 million units, showing a marginal increase of 4.1 per cent sequentially over Q4 2013. On the other hand, the overall consumer PC shipments stood at 1.01 million units in Q1 2014, representing a drop of 4.3 per cent sequentially over Q4 2013.

“The overall commercial PC market showed first signs of improvement over the last 9-10 months as investment activities have improved in the banking and government verticals," said Kiran Kumar, Research Manager of Client Devices at IDC India.

He said vendors are optimistic about the overall market sentiment and believe that it will pick up gradually among other verticals too in the course of 2014.

IDC India anticipates the overall sentiment to get a boost amid hopes of a business-friendly and stable administration at the Centre. Business optimism has climbed to its highest since the last three-four years and is expected to restore volume growth in the PC market over the next 12 months.

(This article was published on May 23, 2014)
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