Calcutta, Nov. 28: Desktop and laptop sales fell 5.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 to 2.9 million units, research firm Gartner said today.
High inflation and economic uncertainty led to a slowdown in demand for personal computers (PC) from both the IT and government sectors.
Sales of assembled computers, which account for 47 per cent of the desktop market, declined 35 per cent during the quarter against the year-ago period, but laptop sales grew 23 per cent year-on-year.
“Consumers accounted for 47 per cent of total PC sales in the third quarter compared with 55 per cent in the third quarter of 2011. This emphasises the fact that despite the festive season and availability of various end-user schemes on PCs, the market was impacted by high inflation, global economic uncertainty and limited share of wallet as consumers preferred to spend on other consumer durables,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst, Gartner.
Lenovo retained its top position with a market share of 17 per cent, up from 12.1 per cent in the same quarter last year. Gartner said the execution of a Tamil Nadu government order helped Lenovo to retain its position.
Acer ranked second with a share of 15.7 per cent against 10.8 per cent last year.
HP’s market share stood at 15.5 per cent compared with 13.3 per cent in the same period last year, while Dell had a share of 12.4 per cent against 15 per cent last year.
HCL saw its share fall to 3.4 per cent against 5.6 per cent in the third quarter of last year.
“Consumer sentiment has taken a hit because of inflation and foreign exchange rates have been adverse in the last three quarters. The government continues to be a big buyer. But government purchases had been mandated on rate contracts in the beginning of the year. Despite repeated presentations before the government to take into account the forex variation in the contracts, no steps have been taken so far. The government should take the lead to usher in IT,” said S. Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer.