Lenovo maintained the top PC vendor position in the third quarter of 2013 based on PC shipments worldwide according to both IDC and Gartner. Lenovo took the lead from HP in the second quarter of 2013 for the first time after being in a virtual neck and neck race with HP for the top spot for some time. Gartner puts Lenovo’s share global PC shipments for the 3rd quarter at 17.6%, compared to 17.1% from HP, while IDC reports the gap to be slightly smaller at 17.3% and 17.1% receptively. Dell is ranked 3rd by both IDC and Gartner.
Acer and Asus are placed in 4th and 5th position respectively and seems to be the biggest losers. While the top three vendors have grown their market share slowly in the low single digits, PC shipments for Acer and Asus have declined between 20 to 35% since the same period in 2012.
Lenovo is the clear winner. It experienced the largest growth at 2.2% compared to the same period in 2012 as it expand its channel reach and experiment with new form factors. According to IDC, troubles in Asia/Pacific continued to pose a significant problem for the company where much of the lower-tier channels struggled with inventory clearance, constraining overall growth. However, the vendor posted a strong gain in the U.S. market, growing more than 2% compared to a year ago.