The demand for tablets continues to grow, but the PC market is not dead yet. According to Gartner research, the worldwide PC market showed a 1.9 percent increase in the first quarter of 2012 from the first quarter of 2011, with the PC shipments totaling 89 million units.
Most of the sales were recorded in the European and Middle East regions, while Asia and Indian markets performed below expectations, in part due to slow growth in India and China.
Although there was no change in the ranking of the top five vendors, vendors’ performances varied. HP not only retained the No. 1 position, but increased its market share and its lead over its closest rivals, Acer and Dell. HP accounted for 17.2 percent of worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of 2012.
Lenovo also performed exceeding well, with shipments increasing 28.1 percent in the first quarter of 2012. Dell underperformed in most regions compared with the last year’s results.
Though there has been a slight increase in the demand for PCs this year, the growing popularity of tablets is still likely to impact the growth of PC in the coming years.