Indian PC market posts 24 p.c. growth: IDC

By : |December 1, 2006 0

NEW DELHI: The third quarter of 2006 recorded an impressive growth in terms of unit shipments – the Indian Client PC market grew 24 per cent over Q3 2005, to exceed the 1.4 million shipments-mark in a single quarter, according to IDC‘s India Quarterly PC Market Tracker, Q3 2006, November 2006 release.

“With the impact of Intel chip price cuts getting clearer, the Small and Medium Business (SMB) segment registered a strong double-digit year-on-year growth in PC shipments.

The festive season promotions kept the growth momentum going for consumer segment. These market trends were further provided a boost due to a spurt in the shipments of notebook PCs to the Education segment in Q3 2006 vis-à-vis Q3 2005”, said Piyush Pushkal, assistant manager, PC Research, IDC India.

In the overall Client PC (sum of Desktop PC and Notebook PC) market, the rankings remained unchanged – HP retained the top slot with a market share of 21 per cent, followed by HCL at 12 per cent and Lenovo at 9 per cent in terms of unit shipments.

In terms of total desktop PC shipments, HP led the market in the JAS quarter of 2006 followed by HCL and Lenovo. The consumer desktop PC market witnessed a flat performance with a 2 per cent year-on-year growth.

HP retained the top slot followed by HCL and LG at second and third spots, respectively. The commercial desktop PC market witnessed an 18 per cent sequential growth and a 24 per cent year-on-year growth in unit shipment terms. In this market too HP led the ranks followed by HCL and Lenovo.

The notebook PC market continued the growth momentum during Q3 2006. The notebook market registered a 79 per cent year-on-year growth during JAS 2006 thanks to buoyant buying by the education segment.

The consumer notebook PC category witnessed an 18 per cent sequential growth and a 137 per cent year-on-year growth. In terms of total notebook PC shipments, HP retained the top slot with a market share of 41 per cent in JAS 2006.

Some of the major market highlights visible through Q3 2006 were:

– SMB segment’s buoyant buying – Overall client PC shipments grew 47 per cent year-on-year (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005) and 31 per cent sequentially (Q3 2006 over 2Q 2006) to this market segment

– Education segment leading the growth of notebook PC market – Shipments grew by more than 300 per cent year-on-year (Q3 2006 over 2Q 2006) to the Education segment

“The commercial desktop PC market moved beyond analyst expectations, as the channel business for ‘White Box’ machines revived as a result of huge marketing spends targeting the channel partners and through them the growing base of SMB users. Shipments of commercial desktop PCs to the SMB segment grew 46 per cent year-on-year (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005),” Pushkal said.

“As more and more higher education institutions moved aggressively towards implementing WiFi campuses along with usage of notebook PCs in their learning tools and methodologies, this led to a huge growth of shipments to this segment. Business Schools as well as Engineering Colleges have picked up this trend strongly. Coupled with aggressive marketing by vendors, the Education segment in the notebook PC market as a whole witnessed a massive growth of 357 per cent year-on-year (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005) in terms of unit shipments.”

"The SMB segment in the notebook PC market as a whole witnessed a massive growth of 51 per cent year-on-year (Q3 2006 over Q3 2005) in terms of unit shipments. The bundling offer of a data card with notebook PCs has also created a positive impact in the market. Large corporate users as well as small office/home office (SOHO) users have an added reason to buy a notebook PC or ‘upgrade’ from a desktop to a notebook. The offer provides a complete mobility solution to busy executives and professionals who are ‘on the go’,” Pushkal added.

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