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Asustek 5th-largest PC supplier in 2017, Acer in 6th spot: Gartner

2018/01/20 21:07:33

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Taiwan-based Asustek Computer Inc. took the title as the fifth-largest PC vendor in the world in 2017, while Acer Inc., another Taiwanese firm, ranked the sixth-largest for that year, according to market information advisory firm Gartner.

In a research report, Gartner said that Asustek suffered a 12.3 percent year-on-year decline in PC shipments in 2017 to 17.97 million units, to take a 6.8 percent share of global shipments, down from a 7.6 percent share in 2016.

Due to the decline in market share, Asustek's global position dropped one notch from 2016.

Apple Inc., however, replaced Asustek to become the world's fourth-largest PC vendor in 2017 after its shipments rose 4.1 percent from a year earlier to 19.30 million units, giving it a 7.4 percent share compared with a 6.9 percent share in 2016.

Acer retained sixth position in 2017 with a 6.5 percent share of the global market, down from a 6.8 percent share in 2016, Gartner said.

Acer shipped 17.09 million PCs in 2017, down 6.5 percent from a year earlier, Gartner added.

In 2017, PC shipments worldwide fell 2.8 percent from a year earlier to 262.54 million units as the global PC market continued to consolidate, Gartner said.

HP Inc. of the United States remained the world's largest notebook computer supplier in 2017, shipping 55.16 million units, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier, to take a 21 percent share of the world market, the research report shows.

China's Lenovo Group Ltd. came in second, with shipments of 54.71 million units, down 2.2 percent from a year earlier, and a global market share of 20.8 percent, ahead of U.S-based Dell Inc., whose market share stood at 15.2 percent, shipping 39.87 million units, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier.

Gartner said the top four vendors made up 64 percent of the global PC shipments in 2017, rising from 45 percent in 2011. "The top vendors have taken advantage of their volume operations to lower production costs, pushing small to midsize vendors out of the market," Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.

In the fourth quarter alone, worldwide PC shipments fell 2 percent from a year earlier to 71.6 million units, marking the 13th consecutive quarter in which PC shipments dropped, Gartner data shows.

"The fourth quarter results confirmed again that PCs are no longer popular holiday gift items. This does not mean that PCs will disappear from households," Kitagawa said.

In the October-December period, Asustek shipped 4.731 million PCs to take fifth position, followed by Acer, shipments of which stood at 4.726 million units, Garter said.

HP ranked as the largest PC vendor, with shipments of 16.07 million units, ahead of Lenovo with 15.74 million units, Dell with 10.84 million units and Apple with 5.45 million units, Gartner added.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang)