Modest growth seen in Indian PC market: Gartner

The India market saw just 2.5 million units of PCs – desktop plus portables -- added in the second quarter of 2011, says Gartner. This makes for a modest 2.5 per cent increase over the same period in 2010.
“This growth was primarily driven by the mobile PC market which grew 17 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2011,” says Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Economic factors such as rising interest rates and high inflation costs resulted in slower consumer demand. With the recent hike in commodity pricing such as fuel and food items, the cause of concern continues to exist in the Indian market. However, we expect the market to perform far better in the coming quarter to due to the festive season.”

All the major multinational PC vendors, with the exception of HP, experienced double-digit growth in PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011. Multinational brands contributed more than half of the total PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011 with shipments from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, the top 4 vendors, representing 50.4 percent of the market. Local vendor HCL accounted for 6.6 percent of PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011. The hidden message in this is that Indian buyers still preferred, local, unbranded /assembled or smaller global brands in fairly large numbers – almost half of all PCs bought.
Acer dethroned HP from the No. 2 position in the market due to its strong commercial business. Dell, with 17 percent market share, held to its No.1 position, while Acer was in the No. 2 ranking with 12 percent market share.

India PC Market Share Estimates for Second Quarter of 2011 ( Brand and Percentage of Shipments) Dell 16.7
Acer 12.1
HP 11.2
Lenovo 10.4
HCL 6.6
Others 43.0
Source: "Quarterly Statistics: Personal Computers, Asia/Pacific, 2Q11 Update”. 

Aug 18 2011