Menu
Acer storms up on lagging Dell in 2009 PC market

Acer storms up on lagging Dell in 2009 PC market

Acer shows huge growth as Dell slips, bringing Acer within a breath of second-place ranking

Dell Inc. better take a look over its shoulder since rival Acer Inc. is coming up fast from behind and is on the verge of overtaking Dell as the number two PC maker in the world.

Acer enjoyed huge growth in 2009, showing a 21% increase in PC shipments. The Taiwanese computer maker went from 31.8 million unit shipments in 2008 to 38.5 million last year, according to research company iSuppli Corp.

While Acer showed the strongest growth among the world's five leading PC makers, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell did not have such a good year . Dell showed a 9.9% drop in shipments last year, with global PC shipments slipping from 43.3 million in 2008 to 38.96 million this past year, iSuppli said in a report released today.

With Acer growing and Dell struggling, Dell managed to hold on to the second-place spot in the PC market by a 0.2% margin over Acer. Dell held a firmer 3.8% point lead over Acer the year before.

"Acer's 2009 success was driven by the notebook PC market ," said Matthew Wilkins, a principal analyst for iSuppli, in a statement. "Notebooks accounted for nearly 80% of Acer's shipments in 2009. This allowed the company to capitalize on the fast-growing mobile-computing segment, while limiting its exposure to the moribund desktop segment."

Wilkins added that Acer grabbed a 28% worldwide increase in laptop shipments last year, compared to a 20% increase in shipments for the entire market.

"Acer owes its strong notebook success to the fact that it is covering the key bases well, with a strong portfolio encompassing both regular laptops and netbooks," Wilkins said.

iSuppli noted that Acer trumped Dell and move into the number two spot for the third and fourth quarters last year. With worldwide shipments of 11.9 million units and a market share of 13.4% for the fourth quarter, Acer overtook Dell for two quarters in a row.

For the entire year, though, Hewlett-Packard remained firmly seated in the PC market's top spot, according to iSuppli. HP had a 19.7% global market share in 2009, while Dell came in with 12.9% and Acer grabbed 12.7%. The top five were rounded out with Lenovo at 8.2% market share and Toshiba at 5.1%.

Dell was the only company in the top five to show a shipment decrease last year.

In what iSuppli called "a surprisingly strong result," the worldwide PC market last year managed to show a slight gain over 2008 despite economic turmoil and IT managers holding tightly to their dwindling budgets. PC shipments, according to the research company, hit 302.3 million units in 2009. That's a 1% gain from 299.2 million shipments in 2008.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld . Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com .

Read more about laptops in Computerworld's Laptops Knowledge Center.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments