India, China, rescue Asian PC business from doldrums: IDC

20th October 2014
India, China, rescue Asian PC business from doldrums: IDC

Singapore /Hong Kong, October 21, 2014:  Higher-than-expected shipments in the consumer space in the two biggest markets - China and India –  characterised personal computer  business in Asia-Pacific in the 3rd quarter of 2014, finds IDC.
In India, positive consumer sentiment after the elections resulted in high retail walk-ins; while vendors in China pushed volumes in spite of a poor sell-out. ASEAN was a mixed bag with Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand experiencing double-digit annual declines, while other countries like Vietnam did well.
The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market increased 8% from last quarter and declined 5% year-on-year in Q3 2014 to reach 26.6 million units, coming in higher than IDC's initial forecasts.
“XP migration helped boost commercial PC spending earlier this year,” says Handoko Andi, Research Manager for Client Devices Research at IDC Asia/Pacific. “But in recent quarters, we have seen Microsoft add a lot to the entry-level segment by launching the Windows 8.1 with Bing program. This program has helped consumers buy licensed OS PC in many countries in the region.”
Lenovo ( 27.4% market share)  retained the top spot with high sequential double-digit growth in most of the markets in the region including China and India. In China, the vendor pushed volumes whereas in India, healthy consumer demand added to its growth. Dell ( 11.1%) retained the second spot backed by strong entry-level growth in some key emerging markets like India and Vietnam.  HP was no.3 with 10.1%. ASUS came close to its Taiwanese rival Acer( both 7.7%) . The vendors had good runs in markets like Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Taiwan due to their entry-level notebooks.