India’s computer shipments fall below 5 million for the first time in four quarters: report | Biden News


NEW DELHI : India’s PC shipments grew 12% in the June quarter, although the number of units shipped during the quarter fell below the 5 million mark for the first time in four quarters, according to the latest report by market researcher Canalys, released on Monday. A total of 4.6 million computers including laptops, desktops and tablets were shipped during the quarter.

At 2.6 million units, laptops accounted for less than half of PC shipments, but it grew by just 2% year-on-year (YoY) as demand in the consumer segment weakened due to the reopening of schools. Tablet shipments also grew by a modest 9% YoY to reach 1.1 million units. In comparison, desktop shipments soared an unprecedented 70% YoY to 900,000 units during the quarter, according to the report.

The sharp plunge in the consumer market ended seven consecutive quarters of record expansion, noted Ashweej Aithal, the analyst at Canalys.

Aithal said laptops accounted for 61% of the market in the June quarter last year. However, it fell to 48% this year. “Reduced demand for tablets and notebooks contributed to the decline in the consumer market, with shipments of the two categories down 23% and 11% respectively,” he added.

Meanwhile, the business segment grew 50% YoY and now accounts for 52% of the overall PC market. Aithal attributes this to the expansion of local production by computer vendors to become eligible for government contracts for computers.

For example, HP expanded local laptop production, which helped it get orders from the public sector. Similarly, Acer has partnered with contract manufacturer Dixon Technologies and Lenovo is strengthening local supply for tablets and laptops with its third production line, Aithal pointed out.

In terms of market share, HP was the leading PC vendor with 25% of the market on the back of 1.1 million unit shipments. Analysts attributed HP’s continued dominance to its “aggressive retail expansion” across the country.

Lenovo with 21.1% market share and 973,000 unit shipments was again the second leading seller. Dell, Acer, and Samsung were the other three main brands in the top five with 11.5%, 11.3%, and 5.8% of market share, respectively.

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